Core Assessments

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 09:08:07 PM
A Core Assessment is an in depth assessment and should be completed within a maximum of 35 working days. It must be led by a qualified and experienced social worker, (in accordance with the Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000)).It aims to inform the enquiry process and establish whether action is required to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child or children who are subject of the enquiries.

Core Assessments can commence:

At the same time as a Section 47 enquiry is initiated.

During or at the conclusion of an initial assessment which recommends that such a complex assessment is required;

When new information obtained on an open case indicates a core assessment should be undertaken.

At the request of the court in respect of private/civil proceedings.

The Core Assessment addresses:
The childs developmental needs;
The parents/caregivers capacities to respond appropriately to these needs;
The wider family and environmental factors;
The risk factors associated with the Section 47 Enquiries.

The assessment is not an end in itself, but a process that will lead to an improvement in the well being of or outcomes for a child or young person.

The conclusion of an assessment should result in:

An analysis of the needs of the child and the parenting capacity to respond appropriately to those needs within their family context
Identification of whether, and if so what, intervention will be required to secure the well-being of the child or young person

A realistic plan of action, including services to be provided, detailing who has responsibility for action, a timetable and a process for review.
Generally, the assessment process should be undertaken in partnership with the child and key family members.

There may be exceptions when there are concerns that a child is suffering or may be suffering significant harm and to do so would place the child at increased risk of suffering significant harm.

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