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”.
The paper is a technical paper developing and evaluating a process for comprehensively assessing children ' s needs using a combination of three existing tools.
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.
This paper suggests a model and timeframe to ensure that detailed assessments of the mental health of “looked after” children are effectively carried out.
There is a potential for an improvement in assessment of looked after children that will lead to the identification of appropriate interventions and services.
The paper is new in identifying a combination of assessment measures and a timeline to complete these.
Five Rivers Child Care and Bournemouth University would like to acknowledge the following who have helped to make this project possible: Professor Robert Goodman, Institute of Psychiatry, Professor Helen Minnis, University of Glasgow, Professor Tamsin Ford and Dr Daniel Racey, Exeter Medical School and the support of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme who have part funded this work through the Technology Strategy Board.
Five Rivers Child Care, a social enterprise, provides integrated therapeutic care (Education, Assessment and Therapy, Residential and Foster Care) for children and young people. The majority of the placements in Five Rivers Child Care are medium to long term, although it does also provide a dedicated emergency service. This process forms part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project (part financed by the Technology Strategy Board and by the business, supervised by an academic institution, Bournemouth University). The company provides approximately 400 placements in residential and foster homes throughout England and a further 100 placements in Ireland. For more details of the project see Beckett et al. (2013, 2014, 2015).
Beckett, C., Cross, R., Hewitt-Taylor, J. and McConnell, P. (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. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-06-2014-0032Download as .RIS
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