CMCSSM005 Personal & Community Services/

Case Study: You are a Family Support worker and have just conducted your first visit to a family who have recently moved to Wheterill Park. They were referred through the High School that 13 yr. old Stacey attends. Kurt and Veitinia Colis said they are currently experiencing some difficulty managing their eldest daughter, Stacey. Stacey is attending school sporadically, is struggling with the work and is at risk of being suspended. Stacey has been coming home late smelling of alcohol and cigarettes. Veitinia also told you that she found a long hidden in Stacey’s wardrobe. Veitinia is of Tongan background and the family moved to the area to be closer to her extended family.

Kurt is Anglo/Australian background. Venitia is concerned that Stacey is hanging around with a group0 of Tongan teenagers who don’t attend school. Church is an important part of Venitia’s life and Stacey with her. During the visit Stacey said she is “sick of her parents arguing”, “it drives me to drink and to stay out”. She feels that this is a family issue, “ not just my problem” so is comfortable about working through the issues as a family. The parents also expressed concerns about the two younger children, Maureen (9yrs) and Sara (7) as they feel that they are receiving very little attention and are also witnessing Stacey’s behaviour that is inappropriate. The parents describe Maureen as being a “little Mother” to Sara. Sara is very quiet and Maureen will often talk to her. Sara frequently has what her family refer to as “rages”.

When she has a ‘rage’ they put in her room until subsides. The family feel that this is the only way she can express her anger and frustration. They parents believe she will grow out of her tantrums as she gets older. Both kurt and Venitia appeared tense and upset when interviewed and said the situation with Stacey is affecting their relationship and they are arguing a lot. Both parents agreed that Stacey needs support through this ‘phase’ and are willing to work with you, however Mrs. Colis stated “as long as the younger girls are not left out” “it has been hard for all of us – not just Stacey”.

Questions: You will be completing this assessment report with the view to compiling a case plan for the client. You are to address the following within your assessment report. 1.A summary of the client’s situation and strengths. 2.An analysis of the client a short and long term needs taking into consideration what might be the underlying causes of their current circumstances. 3.Outline of the potential risk factors and suggested management strategies for those risks 4.Recommendations for interventions in this case including consideration of your role and the role of others in relation to addressing the needs of the client.

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