Becoming an Assessor

In order to become an assessor 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 who may not be qualified.) 

We believe it is important that assessors 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

  • Child Observation 

  • Understanding attachment patterns 

  • Using theory and analysis in assessment  

What Assessors Say

"Fantastic training - Can't wait to use the framework."

"This has been a thoroughly informative 2 days. So impressed how such crucial matters of assessing parents have been handled so effectively. I think its going to be an excellent framework to use"

If you are interested in becoming a ParentAssess Assessor or you are a Local Authority or organisation wishing to book a training course please contact us at