Bonfire Night Case Study

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What is life like for the child/young person? (Include an explanation of what the child/young person thinks about their situation and how things could be different)

Jake appears to have inconsistent routines whilst staying at his grandparents’ home and at his actual home with his parents. Jake has told me that his grandad gives him a dummy, which Jake uses when he says with his grandparents. However, Jake does not have or use a dummy when he stays with his parents. Jake’ s thoughts on this matter seem to be disregarded as Jake has informed me that he has told his grandad that he does not want a dummy, yet grandad still buys them.

Jake and Stacy both claim that Carol, Jake’s paternal grandmother, helps get Jake dressed when he stays at
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When discussing his home, Jake initially refers to his grandparents’ home. When asked what Jake was doing on Bonfire Night, Jake said ‘Stacy is coming to mine tonight’. Exploring this, Jake meant that his mother was going to his grandparents’ home to watch the fireworks with him and his grandparents. By the way Jake speaks it is obvious Jake enjoys staying with his grandparents; Jake has mentioned that he ‘feels mad’ when he has to stay with his mother as he prefers being with his grandparents. This possibly indicates that Jake has attachment issues with his parents.

Jake seems to get very little help with his schooling as Jake claims that only his grandad helps him with homework, however grandad does not help with reading so Jake has to read by himself.

Jake has spoken about being ‘scared’ as, when he is ‘naughty’ his grandad ‘nips’ his leg and this hurts Jake. Apparently, Carol, Jake’s paternal grandmother is aware of this happening to Jake, however, she does not say anything to prevent it from happening. Jake was reluctant to talk about what happens to him and he kept trying to change the subject and avoid eye-contact, however Jake did report that he has not told anyone about this, including his teacher, as he
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Jake, however, is not worried about this.

Jake has been observed eating his school lunch. Jake frequently uses his fingers to eat his food, and struggles with handling his knife and fork properly. Jake has also been witnessed displaying poor table manners, including licking the table. Jake ate all his food, but refused to eat any vegetables.

Jake appears to be a happy child. Jake has informed of the various good neighbourhood friends he sees whilst staying with his grandparents, in addition to having his friends at school. Jake has not been observed displaying a positive and close relationship to his parents. Jake has mentioned that his parents do kiss him, however, it seems that Jake has a stronger attachment to his paternal grandparents, where Jake states the paternal grandmother, Carol, gives him ‘lots and lots of kisses’.

Jake has been observed as being clean, tidy and dressed in clothing appropriate for the occasion, which was mainly his school uniform. Jake’s hair is also tidy as he has been taken to have it

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