Assessment framework

Assessments of families and their dependent/s at Ty Connections III 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 III 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 are led and co-ordinated by Ty Connections III Senior Social Worker and undertake to establish a detailed understanding of the family. Elements of PAMS 3.0 parenting assessment tool written by Dr Sue McGaw is also employed to support the assessment process. Utilising PAMS provides us a parallel evidenced based assessment which reflects more accurately parent’s knowledge, skills, and practice.

Ty Connections III believes that best practice demands a multi-disciplinary approach, using evidence-based practice in order 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.

Our extensive experience is of parenting assessments whereby parenting capacity has been impacted by mental health issues; Substance & Alcohol misuse; Learning Difficulties and Domestic Violence.
Staff at the unit is experienced and represent a range of disciplines such as Social workers, Psychotherapists, Health & Social care and Counsellors. Along with this they are skilled in the particular requirements of engaging with and supporting young people according to their developmental needs which may or may not be consistent with chronological age. We have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the range of issues that can impact on a young person both as an individual and as a parent including issues around sexuality, emotional development, identity, self-esteem, transitions, and the life cycle and so on.

1 Ty Connections III: Residential Parenting Assessment and Support