Viability Assessments

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 06:16:09 PM
Viability assessments are usually conducted by friends and family social workers in the Local Authority family placement service or by sessional workers commissioned by the team manager. In exceptional circumstances locality workers may need to conduct a viability assessment.

A viability assessment considers the likelihood of carers being able to meet the physical and emotional needs of the children now and throughout their childhoods;

whether they will be provided with stability and boundaries and whether they will be safe. Police and medical checks are initiated.

Discussions with the prospective carer(s) cover the following:

His/her level of motivation for providing a permanent home for the children;

Current family relationships and functioning;

The carers' experience of parenting their own children;

The difficulties that may have led to the family breakdown and his/her insight into this;

Where children are already placed the assessment covers how well the carer is coping at the present time.

The outcome of the viability assessment is shared with the carer, the child's social worker, the children's guardian (if the child is the subject of care proceedings) and the commissioning manager.

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