Putting analysis into assessment: assessing the needs of children in complex family environments – 2 days


To give participants the knowledge and skills required to use the assessment framework alongside other tools which can assist the analysis of information and assessment of any potential risk to the child.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Understand the origin, underlying principles of assessments and their relationship to the Assessment Framework.
  • Consider all the factors that might affect the assessment process including attitudes, values, assumptions and biases and inter-agency relationships.
  • Understand the process of risk assessment in considering a child focussed approach as part of the analysis and planning process
  • Know what assessment tools are available and how they may assist the assessment process.
  • Understand the impact of parenting capacity issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, parental learning disability and parental mental health, and also consider the impact and risks associated with an interaction of these capacity issues.
  • Develop skills in working with apparent parental resistance and work with family strengths in order to ensure a safe environment for the child.
  • Consider how to use evidenced based professional judgement when analysing information and reaching conclusions.
  • Understand the importance of supervision when undertaking assessments.
  • Understand the components of an outcome focused plan that effectively measures change for the child.