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INITIAL ASSESSMENT RECORD 1 of 4 Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families INITIAL ASSESSMENT RECORD In completing this initial assessment, if it is known a core assessment will be required, social work staff should make a professional judgement about whether it is necessary to complete all sections before beginning a Core Assessment. The Government’s Objectives for Children’s Social Services (1999) requires an initial assessment to be completed within 7 working days. Name Gender Date of birth Address Telephone number Date Initial Assessment commenced Date completed Reason for Initial Assessment, including views of child/ young person and parents/carers Agencies contacted/involved during Initial Assessment (please tick) G.P. n H.V. n Nursery n E.W.O. n School n Community n Community n Dentist n Y.O.T. n Police n Mental Health Paediatrician School Nurse n Other n Other n 2 of 4 INITIAL ASSESSMENT RECORD Please give details including strengths and current needs Health Education Emotional and behavioural development: Selfcare skills Identity and social presentation Family and social relationships Child/young person’s developmental needs All children change and develop over time. Parents have a responsibility to respond appropriately to the child’s needs. The purpose of this section is to identify areas of strength and areas of developmental need, in order for resources to be allocated appropriately to ensure the optimum development of this particular child/young person. INITIAL ASSESSMENT RECORD 3 of 3 Basic care Ensuring safety Emotional warmth Stimulation Guidance and Boundaries Stability Parents’/carers’ capacities to respond appropriately to the child/young person’s needs Please record strengths as well as difficulties/problems. Family history and functioning Social resources: wider family; community resources; social integration Housing Employment, income (please include information concerning financial difficulties) Family and environmental factors which impact on the child and family Please give details of history and current situation Issues affecting parents’/carers’ capacities to respond appropriately to the child/young person’s needs It is important to be aware of parent(s)/carer(s) strengths as well as any difficulties they are experiencing. Research shows that the following are most likely to affect parenting capacity: Physical illness, mental illness, learning disability; Substance/alcohol misuse; Domestic violence; Childhood abuse; History of abusing children. 4 of 4 INITIAL ASSESSMENT RECORD © Crown Copyright 2000 ISBN 0 11 322437 0 Summary Further action Summary of developmental needs of child or young person, parents’/carers’ capacities to respond to the child’s needs appropriately, and any family or environmental factors impacting on the child/family Allocated to Team Date Signed Team Manager Allocation of specific services Date service provided: Referral to other agencies Date of referral: Service: Agency: Service: Agency: Service: Agency: Service: Agency: Hold strategy discussion n Initiate s47 enquiries n Date Date Practice note: Core assessment should be commenced at the point s47 enquiries are initiated. Immediate legal action to protect child n Type of legal action Date Core assessment n Date Core assessment commenced Specialist assessment(s) commissioned Yes n No n Reason(s) for Further Action: Signature of worker completing assessment Date Signature of Team Manager Date Copy of Assessment given to family members as appropriate n Date sent/given Document available http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Policyandguidance/Healthandsocialcaretopics/ChildrenServices/index.htm


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No child can be identified by any posts on this website. Every child should be able to move on in future without reminder of past intervention by any authority. Many victims of the U.K. System are the children.
We are indeed aware of Article 170: Privacy for children involved in certain proceedings. but also Section 62: Publication of material relating to legal proceedings (251.252.) Which means that nothing can be published that may identify any CHILD during court process yet; Council's can publish photographs and detailed profiles of children online in advertising them for adoption.

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