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1.3.7 Practice Guidance - Review Child and Family Assessment

RELATED CHAPTER

Statutory Assessments (Child and Family Assessments)

This procedure was added to the procedures manual in March 2017.


Contents

  1. Who is this Guidance for?
  2. Who does this Guidance Apply to?
  3. Why is this Guidance Necessary?
  4. When will the Review Child and Family Assessment be completed?
  5. What should be included in the Review Child and Family Assessment?
  6. On Completion of the Review Child and Family Assessment


1. Who is this guidance for?

Social Workers, Senior Practitioners, Consultant Social Workers across Children’s Social Care and multi-agency practitioners involved in contributing to the assessment process.


2. Who does this guidance apply to?

This practice guidance should be applied to all CIN, CP and LAC who are not placed permanently.


3. Why is this Guidance Necessary?

We have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need. In order to do this effectively an assessment of the child’s needs’ - Child and Family Assessment (C&F Assessment) - will be completed.

The C&F Assessments will be completed every two years or earlier if the child’s circumstances change significantly and warrant a new assessment, for example in response to a strategy meeting/section 47.

The completed assessment will inform a plan of support and intervention; however the process of assessment is dynamic and will continue following completion of the document.

In order to ensure that the Child Plan is responsive to need and is current, the Review Child and Family Assessment will be completed between the C&F Assessments and will capture additional information following further assessment/specialist assessments.


4. When will the Review Child and Family Assessment be Completed?

The Review Child and Family Assessment document will be completed on every CIN/CP and LAC within twelve months of completion of the C&F Assessment, (between C&F Assessments which will be completed every two years).

If the C&F Assessment was completed pre- birth, a Review Child and Family Assessment must be completed within six months of the child’s birth.


5. What should be included in the Review Child and Family Assessment?

The essential information identified on the first page will be pulled through from Care First, this is an opportunity to confirm that the information is up-to- date and accurate.

The initial Strengths and Concern box should be a summary and analysis of the C&F Assessment; a reminder of the strengths and concern factors identified in the earlier assessment.

The Child’s Needs section should reflect the updated assessment of the child’s needs.

The updated family circumstances box should reflect the family circumstances at the time of the report and any changes from the previous assessment should be highlighted.

What is going well, what are we concerned about and what needs to happen need to be informed by the updated assessment of need and the current family circumstances.

The views of those concerned should be recorded and should reflect any individual work completed (words and pictures, three houses) these documents should also be attached when printing off the assessment and cross referenced in this section for electronic file readers.

The Review Child and Family should be completed with revised Danger Statements for CP and CIN and Outcomes for LAC.


6. On Completion of the Review Child and Family Assessment

The child/pathway plan must be up dated to ensure that it is responsive to current need.

The Life events must be up dated.

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