Are there ‘rules’ children’s services have to follow when doing child in need assessments?
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When doing a child in need assessment, children’s services should follow:
- Government guidance about how to do ‘high quality’ assessments.
- Their local protocol about how assessments in their area are to be done.
- Their local threshold document. This should clearly explain how they should respond to the assessed needs of a child.
The table below explains more.
It is a good idea for parents and carers to ask the social worker doing the assessment for a copy of the local threshold document and the assessment protocol being used.
Will the same social worker always deal with the case?
Children’s services can be organised in different ways in different local areas. It is important to ask whether the same social worker will always deal with the child’s case or if there will be any change. It is possible that after first contact with children’s services a child’s case is transferred to another social work team.
Families may find a change of social worker upsetting, especially if they have spent time explaining everything to a previous social worker. Parents and carers should be able to feel confident that the new social worker has an understanding of the child and family’s situation.