Child Protection: Consultation with children toolkit

This beautifully illustrated guide describes various interactive techniques which social workers can use to engage children in a child protection process. The booklet not only provides various tips on activities which can be used but also contains a range of tools which professionals can print out. Contents: 1….


Getting to know a child’s routine activity tool

This tool supports social workers to gain an understanding of a child’s or young person’s daily routine in an engaging way. The document contains 40+ individual slips with various activities/feelings which a child is asked to sort out into three piles – every day, sometimes…


Young carers – assessment tools

The Manual below contains two instruments for the assessment of caring: The Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA-YC18) is a questionnaire (an 18-item self-report measure) that can be used to provide an index of the total amount of caring activity undertaken by the young person,…


Ecomap Activity

Creating an ecomap is a graphic and useful way of identifying all of the systems at play in the family’s life. The ecomaps give workers a detailed picture of: the family dynamics ; each individual family members’ connections to their community; each individual family members’ connections…


Sexual behaviours traffic light tool

Using the resource, professionals can learn to identify, assess and respond to sexual behaviour in children and young people in a confident and appropriate manner. It can be also used when explaining to parents/carers what constitutes healthy sexual behaviour and how to identify when their…


Establishing a day in the life of a school age child (sheet)

This tool supports workers to gain a good understanding of a child or young person daily routine.  It should help to identify positives or strengths in the child/young person’s daily routine, as well highlighting areas where there may be concerns. Click here to view/download  


Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional Development Screening Tool (ASQ:SE-2)

ASQ:SE-2 is a set of questionnaires about children’s social-emotional development from 6 to 60 months which can be self-administered by parents/caregivers. Doing this screening provides a quick look at how children are doing in important areas, such as self-regulation, communication, autonomy, compliance, adaptive functioning, affect,…


How it looks to me (Assessing wishes & feelings worksheets)

‘How it looks to me’ is an interactive and colourful booklet developed by CAFCASS to help social workers assess a child’s wishes and feelings. It invites the child to talk/draw/write about the following topics: About me (who lives with me & who doesn’t but means a…


Children’s Participation Toolkit for Social Workers

The booklet contains various activities, worksheets and templates assisting social workers and early help workers to involve children in the process of assessments, intervention planning as well as conducting reviews in a positive, supportive and enabling way. The booklet is divided into chapters so they can…


Explore your emotions – coloring & activity book

This coloring book was designed to encourage children to share their feelings with an adult. The children are encouraged to talk/write about what makes them happy, upset and worried; about things they like to do by themselves or with their family and who they like…


Parenting worksheets (assessment tool)

A useful tool for assessing a parent’s understanding of basic child’s care needs. The worksheets cover the following seven areas: Emotional Development Worksheet Boundaries and Guidance Worksheet Communication Worksheet Play and Stimulation Worksheet Behaviour Worksheet Effects on my child and me Worksheet Stability and Support…


All about me booklet (21 pages)

This 21-page colourful booklet with various worksheets is great for direct work with children. It enables social workers to assess and discuss the following areas of a child’s life: How I Grow and Develop • Being healthy • Learning to be responsible • Learning and achieving…


Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbearing. This 10-question self-rating scale has been demonstrated to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. While this test was specifically designed for women who are pregnant or have just had…


Ages & Stages Questionnaires ASQ-3 (Child development screening tool)

ASQ-3 is a set of questionnaires about children’s development from 2 to 60 months which can be self-administered by parents/caregivers. Doing this screening provides a quick look at how children are doing in important areas, such as communication, physical ability, social skills, and problem-solving skills. ASQ-3 can…


About Me Sentence Completion

The questions on this worksheet are intended to enable a social worker to gain an insight into whether a child can identify their own positive traits and accomplishments. If a child has difficulty to think of answers to some questions, a practitioner or parent can take the opportunity…


The Three Houses template

The three houses template enables social workers to discuss a child’s likes/hobbies/strengths/protective factors, dislikes/worries & risks related to the child and dreams/hopes/wishes. A social worker can either ask a child to draw/write things to each house or assist them in doing so.


Impact of Parental Conflict Tool

The tool (developed by Cafcass) contains 10 indicators which can be used in identifying and analysing the emotionally harmful impact of parental conflict on the child.


Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale

This is a 10-item scale, widely used in social-science research, which measures self-esteem by asking service users to reflect on both their current positive and current negative feelings.


The Alcohol Scale

The primary concern of this questionnaire is not the amount of alcohol consumed, but how it impacts on the individual and, more particularly, on their role as a parent. This questionnaire has been found to be effective in detecting individuals with alcohol disorders and those…


The Family Activity Scale

These scales give practitioners an opportunity to explore with carers the environment provided for their children through joint activities and support for independent activities. This includes information about the cultural and ideological environment in which children live, as well as how their carers respond to…


The Recent Life Events Questionnaire

The questionnaire focuses on recent life events (ie. those occurring in the last 12 months) but could be used over a longer time-scale. It is intended to assist in the compilation of a social history. It is expected that the use of the scale will: • result in a…


The Adolescent Wellbeing Scale

The questionnaire contains 18 questions, each relating to different aspects of a child or adolescent’s life, and how they feel about these. The scale is intended to enable practitioners to gain more insight and understanding into how an adolescent feels about their life.


Adult Wellbeing Scale

This scale looks at how an adult is feeling in terms of depression, anxiety and irritability. The questions are framed in a ‘personal’ fashion (i.e. I feel…, My appetite is…). The scale allows the adult to respond from four possible answers.


The Parenting Daily Hassle Scale

This scale (developed by Crnic and Greenberg, 1990 & Crnic and Booth, 1991) aims to assess the frequency and intensity/impact of 20 potential parenting ‘daily’ hassles experienced by adults caring for children. It has been used in a wide variety of research studies concerned with children and families…


The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

The questionnaire (developed by Goodman, 1997; Goodman et al, 1998) screens for child emotional and behavioural problems while focusing  on a child’s emotional and behavioural strengths as well as difficulties. It incorporates five scales: pro-social, hyperactivity, emotional problems, conduct (behavioural) problems, and peer problems. The link…