The following documents and tools are for practitioners undertaking Single Assessments to provide a sound evidence base upon which to form robust analysis and decision making.
Stronger Families Nomination Form
This is the form you should use to make a nomination to the Stronger Families Programme.
This is the form you should use to develop and record the Family Plan following the Stronger Families nomination
County Durham Family Outcome Framework
This document is designed to act as a guide for frontline practitioners and managers across the County Durham Partnership to help demonstrate improved outcomes for families.
County Durham Children and Families Practice Toolkit
This toolkit provides practitioners with practice guidance on a range of significant issues which are known to have a negative impact on a child’s wellbeing. It also provides a range of resources of national and local evidence based intervention.
Seeing the Child
This guide will support practitioners who are assessing the child’s development as part of their work with children and families.
Engaging with Children – Single Assessment Guidance
This handout has useful tips to consider when engaging with children and young people with some suggested questions covering topics such as a day in the child’s life, health, school, friendships, relationships and family life.
Disabled children and the assessment process
This will provide practitioners with issues to consider when assessing the needs of disabled children. (Reference: Calder. M.C., and Hackett. S., 2003. “Assessment in Child care – Using and developing frameworks for practice“. Dorset, UK., Russell House Publishing. Page 190)
Assessing the needs of disabled children and their families
This document provides additional guidance on assessing the needs of disabled children.
Initial Health Review – Master
This is the form to be used to complete a Continuing Health Care pre-assessment.
Assessment of continuing care for Children and Young People – Master
This is the form to be used to complete a full Continuing Health Care assessment.
Screening Tool for Alcohol related risk
This screening tool is for practitioners assessing alcohol related risk.
The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales
This document contains a number of scales and questionnaires to use when assessing families, including the Adult Wellbeing Scale, Adolescent Wellbeing Scale, Parenting Daily Hassles questionnaire, Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire, Recent Life Events questionnaire.
Home Environment Assessment Tool and HEAT Analysis and Action Plan
This checklist should be used by all staff and enables an assessment of the suitability of the home in relation to basic amenities, health and safety issues, supervision etc. The Home Environment Assessment Guidance (Updated) and Home Environment Assessment Frequently Asked Questions provide further information on conducting a Home Environment Assessment.
Cycle of Change
This PowerPoint slide contains Prochaska and DiClemente’s comprehensive model of change to enable practitioners to determine where parents might be in terms of their motivation to change.
Child Neglect Practice Guidance
This is the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Neglect Practice Guidance and should be read by all practitioners undertaking assessments where there are concerns about neglectful parenting.
Emotional Abuse – Practice Guidance for Children’s Care
This provides guidance on what constitutes emotional abuse and ways to assess, including suggested practice tools.
Explaining Assessment to Family Members
This is intended for social workers and provides some suggestions on how to explain assessments to families. It may also be useful for practitioners undertaking Early Help Assessments.
Engaging with parents/carers
This document provides some useful guidance on engaging with parents and suggested topics/questions.
Blank Resilience/Vulnerability Matrix
This document provides a blank resilience/vulnerability matrix which can be saved or downloaded to enable practitioners to determine where a child’s sources of resilience and vulnerability lie. Use of the risk and resilience matrix when planning for children provides a guide on the use of the risk/vulnerability and resilience matrix, including the descriptors within each of the domains.
Using the child development checklist
This document provides a comprehensive guide to developmental milestones at all stages of a child’s development and will enable practitioners to assess whether children and young people are making expected progress.
This is a brief guide to different attachment styles, ie secure, disorganised etc
Attachment and Bonding Checklist
This checklist will enable practitioners to assess attachment between children and their parents.
This tool can be used in direct work with children to enable them to communicate about their worries, strengths, hopes and dreams.
Adolescent Three Houses
This is a version of the Three Houses tool to be used with adolescents.
Queen or King of the Island
A tool for undertaking direct work with children to establish who they feel safe (or not) with, and with whom they would wish to have contact. The Queen or King of the Island Exercise is a guidance on using the King or Queen of the Island tool.
Risk and Protective Factors handout
This handout is intended to support practitioners in analysing information and forming professional judgements about risk and protective factors.