Case study – Families with Complex History of Multiple
Word limit: 2000 words
The context of families and parenting are important social determinants of
child development (Maggi et al. 2010). In particular, the first few years of life
are a critical period of development, during which social factors can optimise or
disadvantage child development (Maggi et al. 2010).
Child and family health practitioners have an important role in providing
support and interventions that promote the development of family and
parenting strategies to optimise child development by focussing on
developing parent and family strengths and resilience (NSW Department of
Health 2009; Rossiter et al. 2011). At the same time, child and family health
practitioners are expected to recognise and respond appropriately to concerns
of risk of harm for children (NSW Government 2009) and work appropriately
within boundaries of acceptable professional practice (Australian Nursing and
Midwifery Council and Nursing Council of New Zealand 2010).
This assessment item provides you with the opportunity to explore how you
would plan and organise care in partnership with a vulnerable family and
discuss the challenges and opportunities that can arise for health practitioners
working with vulnerable families. You will be required to identify and discuss
appropriate strategies to manage your own responses that can arise whilst
working with vulnerable families.
In this assignment, you will:
- In response to the scenario(See Case Studies PDF), you will develop a plan of care that reflects
your understanding of the complexity of family relationships:
o Consider what are the family strengths?
o What are family vulnerabilities?
o What information do you need to know from the family?
o What does transition to parenthood mean and how does this impact
positively or negatively on a child’s attachment?
o Knowledge of child health and development
- Understand and respond to the complexities of families and children who
may be at risk of harm, and identify support services and referral pathways:
o What information do you need to consider when assessing the health
and wellbeing of a child?
o What is the process if there is a risk of harm?
o What are the priorities for plan of care i.e. what are the risk factors
associated with the vulnerabilities?
o What community resources might you consider for supporting this
- Discuss self-care strategies to ensure your own health and wellbeing when
working with vulnerable families:
o Demonstrate you understand the difference between legal boundaries
and professional boundaries of practice
o Demonstrate you understand the potential impact working with families
can have on you
o Demonstrate knowledge of strategies of self-care and explore how you
would use them
Policies and Guidelines:
I have had a query about referencing in-text all the policies and guidelines you will be using to support your assessment given that it may explode the word count and make reading it very wieldy reading. I also think this advise maybe also be of use to some of you as well. Hence,
I would suggest in your introduction reference the policies and guidelines you will be using and state that for the purposes of the flow of the writing you will use shorten terms but remember to reference the pg numbers. Also don’t forget the Child protection Policy and the whichever policy that is related to your chosen case study DV and D&A. If direct quote though you will need to reference the whole thing.
Hope this helps. Marking criteria:
Assignments are assessed according to the following marking criteria and
Organisation of the assignment (10 marks)
▪ Case study background is introduced
▪ Purpose of the assignment is explained
▪ Assignment is clearly and logically structured
▪ A logical conclusion to the assignment is provided.
▪ Referencing meets Faculty requirements.
Plan of care (15 marks)
▪ An appropriate plan of care is developed
▪ Appropriate priorities of care are identified
▪ Appropriate practice guidelines and policies are used to support plan of
▪ Resources for supporting the family are identified
Knowledge and analysis (15 marks)
▪ Knowledge of child health and development demonstrated
▪ Transition to parenthood knowledge and analysis of the impact it can
have on a child’s attachment.
▪ Knowledge of current practice in working with families at risk of harm
Strategies for self-care (10 marks)
▪ Awareness of potential impact on self is evident
▪ Appropriate strategies to enable and promote self-care explored.
▪ Awareness of legal and professional boundaries of practice is
▪ Grant, J., Mitchell., C & Cuthbertson, L. (2017). National Standards of
Practice for Maternal, Child and Family Health Nursing Practice in
Australia, Adelaide, Flinders Press
▪ Maggi, S., Irwin, L.J., Siddiqi, A. & Hertzman, C. 2010, ‘The social
determinants of early child development: an overview’, Journal Of
Paediatrics And Child Health, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 627-35.
▪ NSW Department of Health 2009, NSW Health/Families NSW Supporting
Families Early Package – maternal and child health primary health care
policy, NSW Department of Health, Sydney.
▪ NSW Government 2009, Keep them safe. A shared approach to child
wellbeing., viewed 20th October 2009,
▪ Rossiter, C., Fowler, C., Hopwood, N., Lee, A. & Dunston, R. 2011,
‘Working in partnership with vulnerable families: the experience of child
and family health practitioners’, Australian Journal of Primary Health,
vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 378-83.