THE USE AND VALUE OF A CHILD ASSESSMENT TOOL (CAT) IN SOCIAL WORK CHILD ASSESSMENTS

  • Andiswa Mlotshwa KwaZula Natal University
  • Maud Mthembu KwaZulu Natal University
Keywords: child assessment tool (CAT), child-centred, child friendly, communication, participation, social workers

Abstract

The integration of child-friendly tools during child counselling facilitates effective communication and child participation. However, the use of child-friendly tools in generalist child counselling remains sparse. This paper presents social work students’ perceptions of using a child assessment tool (CAT).  While the study adopted a mixed-method approach, this paper reports the findings drawn from the study's qualitative findings. Data collection included individual semi-structured interviews with purposively sampled fourth-level student social workers. The results indicated that using the CAT created a child-friendly environment that facilitated effective child communication and participation during assessments. Using the CAT addresses barriers to child participation during child assessment.

Author Biographies

Andiswa Mlotshwa, KwaZula Natal University
Postgraduate Student
Maud Mthembu, KwaZulu Natal University
Department of Social Work
Published
2021-10-20
Section
Articles