Assessment framework

Assessments of families and their dependent/s at Ty Connections are conducted in keeping with the Department of Health’s “Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families” and also the “Working Together to Safeguard Children” publication. Ty Connections overall strategy is underpinned by the following principles inbuilt in the Children Act 1989. ”The Welfare Principle” the welfare of the Child is paramount. This is the overriding principle and “The Partnership Principle” In all circumstances, no matter how difficult, individuals, agencies and organisations working with families should strive to work in partnership with the Local Authorities and other professionals. Assessments of families and their dependent/s at Ty Connections are conducted in keeping with the Department of Health’s “Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families”

Assessments are led and co-ordinated by Ty Connections Senior Social Worker and undertake to establish a detailed understanding of the family. All Assessments are PAMS informed utilising elements of the parenting assessment tool written by Dr Sue McGaw. Utilising PAMS provides us a parallel evidenced based assessment which reflects more accurately parent’s knowledge, skills, and practice.

Ty Connections believes that best practice demands a multi-disciplinary approach, using evidence-based practice to achieve the best outcomes for its client group. We therefore liaise closely with providers of relevant local services/resources such as GP’s, Health visitors, Drug & Alcohol programmes, Domestic Violence intervention projects, CMHT’s and effective parenting courses as well as all professionals and significant others who are involved in the lives of the
parents and their children.

We offer placements to single mothers and single fathers with one or more children.

We offer two parent residential placements, or one parent residential/one parent community based, with one or more children.

1 Ty Connections III: Residential Parenting Assessment and Support