Kinship Assessment Guide – Section 5 – Forming a conclusion
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Section 5. Forming a conclusion
Once all relevant factors have been addressed, it is the role of the assessor to consider all the information obtained during the viability assessment. They must analyse the positive and negative factors: the potential advantages to the child of being placed with this person from within their network and the positive aspects to their care, against any risks or vulnerabilities of the placement in promoting the safeguarding and wellbeing of the child both now and into the future. It is this process of analysis (see Section 2:1d) that will inform and evidence the recommendation reached as to whether or not this is a potentially ‘realistic option’ that should be assessed further.
A draft report should be shared with the potential carer who should also be invited to correct any factually incorrect information and add their comments. A final copy of the report should always be shared with the potential carer.
Family members may choose to withdraw from the assessment either before or after it is completed. It is good practice for them to be asked to provide written confirmation if they wish to withdraw. The dynamics within families can be challenging, and some carers seek the support of social workers to explain to the child’s parents and other family members that they cannot do what it is that others would like them to. Sometimes, the opposite is the case and carers need support from social workers to overcome initial resistance of other family members to them caring for the child.
The level of information gathered in a viability assessment can seem superficial in terms of social work assessment but it must be remembered that it is only a preliminary assessment.
Further assessment is always required before a decision to make a placement is made. If the recommendation of a viability assessment is that a family member should go forward for further assessment the report should identify the areas that should subsequently be explored in greater depth.
- Guide home page with detailed contents list
- Section 1. Introduction: Why initial family and friends care assessments (commonly known as viability assessments) matter
- Section 2. Principles and best practice
- Section 3. Factors to consider during the assessment
- Section 4. Undertaking international viability assessments
- Section 5. Forming a conclusion