I offer viability, parenting and risk assessments, along with contact supervision.
A good quality assessment is child-centred, evidence-based and makes clear analysis of strengths and risk of harm … it must also assess the possibilities of future change and how success or otherwise might be gauged. Family strengths are identified in developing a plan and monitoring progress.
The framework I use (SAAF) is consistent with the National Assessment Framework and with Signs of Safety approaches. I refer to supporting frameworks where appropriate, such as ‘Decision-Making within a Child’s Timeframe’ (Child Wellbeing Research Centre) and PAMs (Dr Sue McGraw).
In supervising contact, the welfare of the child(ren) remains paramount while supporting the adults involved so the contact experience is as child-focussed and positive as possible. Contact offers the opportunity to gain insight into parenting skills and the relationship between the child(ren) and adults. It can be a valuable opportunity to build strengths and relationships.