Children’s Services Assessments

There are many ways in which our consultants and Independent Social Workers (ISWs) can help lightened the work load for your team or service. Have a look at what we offer below, then contact us with your requirements.  One of your unique offer is our:
Case Review and Good Practice (child and family assessments)

Our team and associates have worked for 46 local authorities as social workers, senior practitioners, advanced practitioners, deputy team members, team managers, child protection conference chairs and independent review officers. Discussions about the various assessments we have completed and the local authorities’ approach generated some interesting points.

We considered our experience and the research evidence relating to child and family assessments for child protection conferences. There are many outstanding examples of assessments with evidence of good practice. Yet,  many local authorities have failed to implement a system that identifies quality assessments and uses this information to improve practice. There is also a lack of peer-reviewed research to support the efficacy of domestic abuse intervention programmes in child protection cases.

To address these challenges, we suggest that managers and Independent Review Officers (IRO) who chair child protection conferences are ideally placed to identify child and family assessments and evidence what works. Such a strategy can help local authorities train newly-qualified social workers and develop good practices. They will also have evidence to commission interventions that produce results.

Parenting Assessment
We offer quality assessments undertaken in accordance by ISW who are PAMS or Parent Assess trained. with the client’s guidance – so if you would like our ISW are PAMS and Parent Assess trained. Working within the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families,” we use a trauma-informed approach to systematically collect and analyse information to support interventions and professional judgement. Our assessments take account of the three domains in the Framework, adverse experiences and consider diversity and difference.

We always put children at the centre of all our assessments, so we will always prioritise their safety, health, and well-being and ensure their voice is an inherent part of the assessment. We utilise various assessment approaches and tools to complete direct work with children and adults.

Specialist Assessments
We offer assessment services in complex domestic abuse and parental alienation cases. Our domestic abuse specialists and Independent Social Workers (ISW) undertake domestic abuse assessments, parenting assessments, court reports and trauma-informed family assessments. In complex child protection cases, they will also work with local authorities to guide child and family assessments.

Training Course Development
We have a series of top-rated training courses, which we have been delivering to professionals. Our courses focus on helping Practitioners respond effectively to some of the problems that cause referrals to statutory Children Services. For example, domestic violence and abuse, family conflict, parental conflict and we provide a service that invites you to create your own course.

Creating a bespoke course will give you a tailored version of our courses or an original programme that responds to your staff’s needs. We collaborate with clients to pick and mix their programmes from existing courses. This way, you know you are getting what you want or need.

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Our Co-parenting Without Conflict toolkit is another innovation from Mayday. It is a versatile product that can be used to support parents and in the intervention for parents. Evaluating the effectiveness of interventions is another area of focus. Just click on our ‘Logic Model Creator’ for further details. The challenges and complexities our work means that we work closely with our colleagues at Mayday Domestic Violence, a dedicated service that specialises in training and interventions. We also collaborate to develop and deliver cutting-edge domestic violence training and projects.