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Last updated: 13-sep-12

The Social Work Interview

The social and development background of all the family members and the evaluation of the home environment are generally done by obtaining a social history. Information about the family such as who lives in the home, extended family relationships, parent's culture, educational background, employment, health, and mental health provides a background for the remainder of the interview.

Examples of questions that may be asked during the social work interview include the following:

During the interview, the social worker should screen for "red flags" or issues of concern that need to be further investigated. Most children, including those with developmental disabilities, receive adequate care from their parents or caregivers, while some children may not receive adequate care. Examples of areas that may require further investigation:

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