Please describe the child(dren)’s current health, development and functioning (according to your area of expertise) and identify the nature of any significant changes which have occurred
Social / peer / sibling relationships
Cognitive / educational
Growth, eating, sleep
Non-organic physical problems (including wetting & soiling)
Please comment on the likely explanation for / aetiology of the child(ren)’s problems / difficulties / injuries
History / experiences (including intrauterine influences and abuse and neglect)
Genetic / innate / developmental difficulties
Paediatric / psychiatric disorders
Please provide a prognosis and risk if the difficulties you identify are not addressed.
Please describe the child(ren)’s needs in the light of the above
Nature of care-giving
In the short and long-term (subject, where appropriate, to further assessment later)
The parents / primary care-givers
Please describe the factors and mechanisms which would explain the parents’ (or primary care-givers’) harmful or neglectful interactions with the children (if relevant).
What interventions have been tried and what has been the result?
Please assess the ability of the parents or primary care-givers to fulfil the children’s identified needs.
What other assessments of the parents or primary care-givers are indicated?
Adult mental health assessment
Forensic risk assessment
What if anything is needed to assist the parents or primary care-givers now, within the child(ren)’s timescales, and what is the prognosis for change?
Treatment / therapy
Please consider the alternative possibilities for the fulfilment of the child(ren)’s needs.
What sort of placement?
Please consider the advantages, disadvantages and implications of each for the children.
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