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Self-reported care activities in a home-based intervention programme for families with multiple problems

Tim Tausendfreund (Special Needs Education and Youth Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands)
Janneke Metselaar (Special Needs Education and Youth Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands)
Jelte Conradie (Landstede Expertise VO, Groningen, Netherlands)
Maria Helena de Groot (Salvation Army, Groningen, Netherlands)
Nicolien Schipaanboord (Molendrift, Groningen, Netherlands)
Jana Knot-Dickscheit (Special Needs Education and Youth Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands)
Hans Grietens (Special Needs Education and Youth Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands)
Erik J. Knorth (Special Needs Education and Youth Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Article publication date: 16 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and application of the KIPP-list of care activities. The acronym KIPP stands for Knowledge and Insight into Primary Processes. The instrument is intended as a tool for family coaches to systematically report care activities conducted in the Dutch family support programme Ten for the Future (in Dutch: Tien voor Toekomst).

Design/methodology/approach

The design of the instrument was based on the components of the programme and a literature search for similar instruments used in the Netherlands, complemented by a staff survey. A series of three studies was carried out to test the instrument’s validity and user-friendliness, and to assess its potential for programme evaluation.

Findings

The majority of care activities were performed in cooperation with one or both parents alone, and less frequently with children or external professionals. Although the main focus of the work of the family coaches fell into the categories of “collecting information” and “working towards (behavioural) change” with families, the relatively high frequency of all the types of care contacts emphasises the intensity of this family support programme with a complex target group.

Originality/value

Data gathered with the instrument provided meaningful information by descriptive analysis. KIPP thereby proved its general feasibility in increasing insight into service provision. The instrument can be useful in several stages and on several levels of quality assurance and service optimisation, including reflective practice, supervision, team management and research.

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Citation

Tausendfreund, T., Metselaar, J., Conradie, J., de Groot, M.H., Schipaanboord, N., Knot-Dickscheit, J., Grietens, H. and Knorth, E.J. (2015), "Self-reported care activities in a home-based intervention programme for families with multiple problems", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 29-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-07-2014-0034

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