Evaluating obesity in substitute carers

Authors:
MATHER Mary, LEHNER Karen
Publisher:
British Association for Adoption and Fostering
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
23p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Obesity is a contentious area of practice for social workers involved in the assessment of applicants to foster and adopt. Precise judgements of the health risks of obesity and how these could affect looked after children are difficult to make with current research evidence. This good practice guide gives advice and information about: measuring obesity in adults and children; the short- and long-term health risks; principles to bear in mind when assessing obese applicants; and the role of the health adviser in providing guidance on these issues. Obesity and its associated health issues is only one of many factors to be considered in taking a balanced view about the potential benefits and drawbacks of a placement for an individual child. The guide is designed to help social work practitioners, managers, panel members and health advisers calculate risk and includes a number of illustrative case studies.

Subject terms:
obesity, outcomes, risk assessment, adopted children, adoptive parents, assessment, foster carers, foster children, good practice;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
United Kingdom
ISBN print:
978 1 905664 93 1

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