Standard Parenting Assessments will be based upon the Assessment Framework (see below). A parenting assessment will take between 10 – 12 weeks. The information gathered within the three domains will be analysed using messages from Research.
When is a Standard Parenting Assessment Required?
A parenting assessment can be requested by the local authority if the child is in the care of their parents, or if the child is in foster care and a parenting assessment has been requested by the Court. A parenting assessment will consist of a number of visits to the family home at different times of the day. The assessor will undertake a series of interviews with the parents; they will observe the parent’s interaction with the child in order to ascertain whether the child’s emotional wellbeing is being promoted. Their capacity to meet the basic and health care needs of the child including their ability to management of risk will also be assessed. If the child is in foster care the assessor will undertake a series of interviews with the parents and will observe several sessions of contact between the parent and their child.