Becoming an Assessor
In order to become an assessor within family proceedings you must be registered with SW England and have two years of post qualifying experience. However it has been found that the framework can also be very helpful to Early Help Practitioners, Family Support Workers and Personal Advisors in Leaving Care Teams who may not be qualified.
We believe it is important that assessors (and those supporting parents) understand the issues facing parents who have learning disabilities and additional needs. Although prior experience is valuable, these skills are covered on the ParentAssess Training and additional courses are available.
An important element of the assessment process is to consider attachment issues and attunement and some knowledge of attachment is useful but again this is covered on the training.
Because the child's experience is central to the assessment process the training pays particular attention to developing skills in observing the parent/child interaction and how to use video feedback.
ParentAssess Assessors Course - 2 Days
Sessions cover the following topics :-
Introducing the ParentAssess concept - what makes it different
Learning Disability - causes and issues
Case Law - what this means for assessment
Cognitive Assessments - how to read and incorporate findings into assessments
Understanding the role of the Official Solicitor
Recognising parenting patterns
Understanding how attachment impacts on parenting
Child observation techniques
Methods of learning
Parental involvement in the assessment process
How to make the child central to the assessment
Learning how to use each of the ParentAssess tools and software
Additional Workshops available to Assessors
Parenting and Autism
Understanding attachment patterns
Using theory and analysis in assessment
100% of participants have said they would recommend the course.
Most requests for training have come as a result of recommendations.
Post Course Support
When you complete training of a new assessment framework sometimes you need a bit of advice to get started. ParentAssess offers a range of post course support which is valued by the ISWs attending the course. This is what one ISW said:
Parent Assess has some fantastic and informative training, however what sets them apart is their amazing support services. You are able to speak to someone in person and they provide excellent support with not only the practical elements of a PA when completing this for the first time but also in terms of any case related questions when completing a Parent Assess.
Sarah provides excellent support, she is encouraging, has a wealth of knowledge on assessments and is an advocate for ensuring that any assessment is thorough, child centred and fair. The support I have received from Parent Assess really has been invaluable.
The support from the technical side of registering software is also excellent with the people offering this service being able to respond very quickly and to be available to talk you through any queries that you have. They are friendly, professional and have a strong personal investment and interest in the Parent Assess and a good knowledge of Social Work assessments.
Not only is Parent Assess providing a great service at this time but the developments planned for the future are also exciting and undertaking the Parent Assess training makes you feel very much part of these developments and involved in a supportive and accessible network.
Reviews based on anonymous feedback
The course was delivered using good level of interactions. Resources used were simple to understand and very practical to use. Trainers kept trainees engaged and there was no room for boredom
One of the best courses I have been on! It was so varied and I feel I have learnt so much about parents with a learning disability but also developed my skills in assessment.
Online delivery of the training was excellent
A different way to assess parents, that is mindful of their learning difficultly and allows them to communicate what they can do. I like how the assessment is also very child focused which ultimately is the point of all the work we do and some other parenting assessments can loose the focus of the child
The main learning for me was to ensure you are providing every parent with a fair and balanced opportunity to care for their children safely
Very well presented course balancing providing information, group learning opportunities to try using tools.
This was really interactive and informative. Both trainers kept me engaged throughout both days. It was really clear and interesting.
Very well delivered and good opportunity given to get involved and share experiences
Exceeded all expectations, was useful to revisit tools, Case law & the trainer was knowledgeable, experienced & delivered an excellent course despite some technical issues.
The trainer kept the course interesting through the use of different tasks and engagement exercises.