What is good practice when doing initial assessments?
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The law does not say how an initial assessment of family and friends should be done. There are no minimum standards. But Family Rights Group developed a good practice guide. And in 2020 we developed an extra guide about carrying out initial assessments during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The guides are for children’s services departments and social workers. But family members may wish to mention, or show, the guide to:
- The child’s social worker, or
- The social worker doing the initial assessment if a different person.
The guides are available to open or download here.
You can open or download our Initial assessments: five good practice points table. This shares a quick summary of five good practice points for doing initial assessments. These are drawn from the two guides. It may be helpful to keep a copy with you as the assessment process takes place. And once you have a copy of the initial assessment report.
See also Can a negative initial assessment be challenged? if worried about the way an assessment has been done. Or concerned about the conclusion it reached.