To offer participants the opportunity to explore recent research into child development and its application to assessment using the Assessment Framework, taking account of findings from Serious case reviews and current research.
Participants will be offered the opportunity to:
- Understand the developmental stages and transitions experienced by children and young people
- Understand the importance of attachment theory in assessing the needs of infants and children and why and how the quality of attachment may impact on a child’s development.
- Understand the way in which the child’s brain develops and how brain development and brain chemistry is affected by close relationships.
- Develop knowledge of language development and its subsequent impact on cognitive development.
- Understand the factors that influence child development, including parenting styles, the environment and the community within which a child is living.
- Reflect on the importance of considering family history and functioning in relation to assessment.
- Develop an understanding of the process of making a professional judgement in the assessment process.
- Practice child observation skills and understand importance as stated in Serious Case Reviews.
- Understand the relevance of this knowledge to the assessment framework and care planning.
- Develop an understanding of the impact of parenting capacity, particularly in relation to substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health.
- Create a plan to take into the work environment using new knowledge and skills gained.