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References for various books, articles and chapters are provided for further reading. All provide useful perspectives on the topics addressed by the respective practice tools. Needless to say, there is an extensive literature in most of these areas and so we have had to be very selective. The handful of items cited here should prove particularly helpful but those using the practice tools may wish to read more widely.

Department of Health, Department for Education and Employment and Home Office (2000) Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families, London, The Stationery Office.

Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (2002) ‘Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Formulation’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Fourth Edition, Oxford, Blackwell.

Ward, H. and Rose, W. (eds) (2002) Approaches to Needs Assessment in Children’s Services, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.