Developing a process for assessment of the emotional and behavioural needs of “looked after” children: the Five Rivers model

Celia Beckett (Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom AND Five Rivers Child Care, Salisbury, United Kingdom)
Richard Cross (Five Rivers Child Care, Salisbury, United Kingdom)
Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor (Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom)
Pam McConnell (Five Rivers Child Care, Salisbury, United Kingdom)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Publication date: 21 December 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the development process of building an assessment model to assess the emotional and behavioural needs of “looked after children”.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is a technical paper developing and evaluating a process for comprehensively assessing children ' s needs using a combination of three existing tools.

Findings

The paper identifies a model to assess “looked after” children and highlights some of the early benefits and challenges which have been encountered using this model.

Practical implications

This paper suggests a model and timeframe to ensure that detailed assessments of the mental health of “looked after” children are effectively carried out.

Social implications

There is a potential for an improvement in assessment of looked after children that will lead to the identification of appropriate interventions and services.

Originality/value

The paper is new in identifying a combination of assessment measures and a timeline to complete these.

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Citation

Celia Beckett, Richard Cross, Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor and Pam McConnell (2015) "Developing a process for assessment of the emotional and behavioural needs of “looked after” children: the Five Rivers model", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 324-338

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-06-2014-0032

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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