Social worker and teacher apprehension of children’s stimulation and support in the home environment and caregiver perception of the HOME Inventory in Sweden
2014 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 44, no 8, 2218-2236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Assessment tools are needed for the operationalisation of child protection guidelines and frameworks. The HOME Inventory taps into three domains that are often highlighted in guidelines: parenting capacity; the child’s developmental needs; and, family and environmental factors. Social workers are obliged to collaborate in child protection investigations, for example with teachers. This collaboration can be an important source of information since whether or not social workers always perform home visits is unclear. The primary aim of this study was to compare social workers’ and teachers’ apprehensions of the support and stimuli provided in children’s home environments. Social workers’ apprehensions were assessed using the subscales of the Home Observation and Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory. Teachers’ apprehensions were assessed using a different, but comparable, questionnaire. The preschool teachers’ apprehension showed a weak association with the social workers’ assessments. Hence, it is important for social workers to reflect upon the type of information different professions may provide. This study also describes caregivers’ perception of the HOME Inventory. Such information, although rarely published, is central to the successful implementation of assessment tools. Caregivers were highly satisfied with the HOME Inventory: they considered the content relevant and the format acceptable.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 44, no 8, 2218-2236 p.
Assessment, client perception, HOME Inventory, social work practice, teacher rating
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198268DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct075ISI: 000346050900010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198268DiVA: diva2:615597