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Multi Agency Neglect Assessment Toolkit

It is vital that children and young people receive the right service at the right time and this is supported by the Working Together 2015. In order for this to happen, all professionals who have contact with children, young people and families have a duty of care to identify issues at the earliest opportunity and assess what intervention is required.

Assessment should be a dynamic process that identifies analyses and responds to the changing nature and level of need and/or risk faced by a child. A good assessment will enable practitioners to intervene at the right time with the right level of support and to monitor and record the impact of any services delivered to the child and family. Continuous assessment is crucial in ensuring that the help and support being delivered is having the intended impact.

This multi-agency neglect assessment toolkit has been developed to support practitioners to undertake effective assessments that enable them to accurately identify appropriate cases in need of early help or onward referral to Children’s Social Care. The tools included should also be used to review the effectiveness of the support plans that are in place and the outcomes for the children.

Using the assessments early in intervention will hopefully support positive outcomes for children, meaning onward referral may not be required. However, should a case need referral, professionals will be expected to evidence why a threshold has been met despite appropriate intervention. The assessments included in the toolkit will provide a record of evidence for this purpose. Completion of the relevant assessments and screening tools is therefore an important part of any onward referral

Who should use the toolkit?

These tools are available for any services, schools or organisations who work with children and families in Bournemouth and Poole. All professionals need to be familiar with the tools provided and know when and how to use them. Managers should facilitate practitioner’s attendance at relevant training events to support the use of these tools and seek assurance in supervision that they are completed where appropriate.

Why is it needed?

Learning from Serious Case Review Findings, Local Practice Reviews and Thematic Inspections frequently highlight missed opportunities as a consequence of poor quality assessments and lack of early intervention.

The 2015 Working Together guidance for England lists some of the following as features of a high quality assessment:

  • they are child-centred and informed by the views of the child
  • decisions are made in the best interests of the child
  • they are rooted in child development and informed by evidence
  • they build on strengths as well as identifying difficulties
  • they ensure equality of opportunity and a respect for diversity including family
  • structures, culture, religion and ethnic origin

These principles should be applied when completing any of the assessments within this toolkit.

Wishes and feelings of the child

It is important when completing any assessments that the wishes and feelings of the child are listened to throughout. Professionals need to ensure the voice of the child runs through everything we do. There are many examples of documents to support embedding this practice. Two examples are included in this toolkit. The child’s lived experience is of paramount importance in testing out whether the apparent outcomes of interventions are having the desired impact for the child/ren. Seeking the views of the child will ensure that there is not over reliance on parental accounts which can therefore minimise the risk of disguised compliance.

Which tools are included?

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All-About-me-.pdf Home-Conditions-App-1.pdf Resilience Vulnerability Matrix Be Professionally Curious Guide Guide to recognising neglect for children and young people Assessment Framework Triangle LSCB Chronology Template Graded Care Profile Graded Care Profile Guidance 8.17 Parenting Daily Hassles Scale Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire Clutter Image Rating Tool Hoarding Assessment Tool – Screening Questions Hoarding Assessment Tool – Threshold Hoarding Assessment Tool – Level of Risk My Views – Young Children Three Houses Child Planning Scaling Tool Neglect - Adverse childhood Experiences (ACEs) Tool