Parenting Capacity and Risk Assessment

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This 2 day training course aims to equip front line practitioners with the skills and knowledge to undertake comprehensive assessments of parenting capacity and risk in a range of contexts including child protection, pre-proceedings and assessments for Court.

Course description

The training is suitable for front line practitioners who are required to undertake assessments of parenting capacity and risk. It takes place over 3 days and guides participants through the process of a parenting assessment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have been given the opportunity to:

  1. Re-cap the process of assessment and the features of a good quality assessment.
  2. Examine theoretical models underpinning a range of safeguarding assessments.
  3. Know what information to include in a chronology and how to use this information within the assessment process.
  4. Demonstrate skills in planning and undertaking interviews with parents to explore their own history.
  5. Begin to explore how to analyse this information and it’s significance for parenting capacity.
  6. Know how to assess capacity for change.
  7. Understand the key factors which contribute to a view regarding capacity for change.
  8. Consider why analytical writing is difficult to achieve.
  9. Identified the features of a high quality analysis.
  10. Explored some practical tools to help facilitate an analytical approach