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Parenting Assessments

We provide high quality, holistic, evidenced-based assessments of parenting capacity that:

  • are in line with the principles outlined in the Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their families.
  • consider the individual needs of the child, the capacity of parents to respond appropriately to these needs, and the impact of wider family and environmental factors on parenting capacity.
  • are a dynamic child-centred process, where parents are actively taught skills and acquire knowledge throughout their stay to improve their parenting capacity.
  • are developed using a strengths-based, collaborative approach where parents are provided with opportunities to demonstrate skills they have developed.
  • raise areas of concern with parents and seek to support them to overcome these difficulties (giving primary concern to the child’s safety and wellbeing).
  • document the parent(s) insight into identified risks and their motivation, commitment and ability to change.

Assessments are led by our experienced in-house Social Worker, but our Multi-Disciplinary Team all play a key role in the assessment process and contribute to the final report. The MDT consists of our Social Worker, Health Visitor, Parenting Assessment Coordinator, the Service Manager or Deputy Manager.

We only provide parenting assessments for families who reside at Ty Seren which include, unless otherwise agreed by the Placing Local Authority, the following written documents:

  • The Provider Assessment developed by the end of week 1.
  • A Midpoint report (date to be agreed with the Placing Local Authority).
  • A final residential parenting assessment or PAMS assessment ordinarily by week 12, (including a brief summary document for the parent(s) containing key conclusions and recommendations).