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PAMS assessment

PAMS stands for ‘parenting assessment manual software’. Social workers using PAMS are specially-trained. PAMS assessments are used with parents or carers with learning difficulties or additional needs.

The aim is to assess the parent’s capacity, and to support them to learn parenting knowledge and skills. There is an emphasis on education and learning. The assessment takes place over a longer period than other assessments. It will take around 12-16 weeks.

Much of the PAMS assessment will focus on practical parenting skills. For example, planning ahead for a trip out with baby equipment. The assessment will look at the emotional care that a parent will give to a child. To do this, visual aids are used, such as pictures and photographs. Abstract scenarios are not used.

Halfway through the work there may be a review. This will consider whether any areas of parenting or care need specific focus. Additional support can then be put in place to focus on those.

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