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Practitioner & Volunteers

The Assessment Framework

The aim of an assessment is to reach a judgement about the nature and level of needs and/or risks that a child may be facing within their family. It is important that:
• information is gathered and recorded systematically
• information is checked and discussed with the child and their parents/carers where appropriate
• differences in views about information are recorded
• the impact of what is happening to the child is clearly identified

Practitioners should be rigorous in assessing and monitoring children at risk of abuse and neglect to ensure they are adequately safeguarded over time.

High quality assessments: 
• are child-centred. Where there is a conflict of interest, decisions should be made in the child’s best interests; be rooted in child development and informed by evidence
• are focused on action and outcomes for children
• are holistic in approach, addressing the child’s needs within their family and wider community
• ensure equality of opportunity
• involve children, ensuring that their voice is heard
• involve families
• identify risks to the safety and welfare of children
• build on strengths as well as identifying difficulties
• are integrated in approach
• are a continuing process, not an event
• lead to action, including the provision of services
• review services provided on an ongoing basis
• are transparent and open to challenge