Dog risk assessment form

Below is a template created by British Association for Adoption and Fostering for assessing suitability/significance of a dog in relation to fostering or adoption and considering what actions need to be taken to reduce any foreseeable risks. The form can be, however, also used when assessing…


Female genital mutilation (FGM) risk assessment templates

The document contains four risk assessment templates assisting social worker to consider the following: Part One (a): PREGNANT WOMEN (OR HAS RECENTLY GIVEN BIRTH) This is to help social workers make a decision as to whether the unborn child (or other female children in the…


Home conditions observation record/framework

This sheet is an excellent tool which provides social workers with a structure/framework to observe and record home conditions. The framework considers living area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and garden. We recommend that social workers complete this with the family or ask the family to highlight…


Checklist & Questions for Childhood Experiences

The Checklist for Childhood Experiences offers a good structure and questions to use when exploring sensitive issues and areas of past and present experiences. The topics covered include: About the relationship with the parents / primary carers About the relationship with each sibling, step sibling…


30+ tools for 1:1 work with children (assessment, planning & intervention)

The Kids Central Toolkit aims to provide workers and services with information, resources and tools to use child-centred approaches in their work with children, young people and families. The Toolkit is based around six key principles that support child-centred practice, and each principle includes a…


Children’s Participation Toolkit for Social Workers (activities & worksheets)

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. Click here to view/download Chapter 1 – Contents, acknowledgements…


Pre-Birth Assessment Tool

This Pre-Birth Assessment Tool is designed to help professionals to carefully consider a range of issues in relation to the mother’s pregnancy and the family’s circumstances and to tease out issues that have potential for having a significant negative impact on the child. The tool draws…


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…


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.