Each assessment follows the same methodology, comprising of a range of observations and play-centred activities concentrating on the child and one-to-one sessions with the family that last up to 12 weeks. Prior to placement we carry out our own risk assessment based on the referral information from the local authority. Assessments are individually tailored and throughout we work towards the development of parental skills.
We observe interactions with the family and professionals and support parent(s) to acquire skills to meet the demands of parenthood through a variety of strategies.
Tools we use include, amongst others:
- Parenting Assessment Manual (PAMs); an assessment tool tailored to the needs of parent(s)
- A standardised evidenced based assessment tool, which is used across a range of parental abilities.
Our team and stakeholders include:
- Accredited social workers
- Family support workers
- Nursery nurses
- Health visitors
- Therapeutic services
- GP services