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…

Home Conditions – Assessment Tool

This is a short assessment of the home conditions and their impact on the children who live there.  It considers 20 aspects of home conditions such as odour, cleanliness and home maintenance.  It concludes with a decision about the level of concern, what actions need…

Home Conditions Assessment

Home Conditions Assessment is an 11-item tool which was recommended by the Department of Health in the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families document. It addresses various aspects of the home environment (for example, smell, stated of surfaces in house, floors)….

Face Emotions Sheet

Social workers may use this sheet to identify various emotions a child may be feeling. They can also use it to ask a child when was the last time they felt a particular emotion or what usually makes them feel that way. This will give them a…

The Substances And Choices Scale – SACS

The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is a brief screening and outcome measurement instrument for assessing and monitoring the use and impact of alcohol and drugs in young people. It is designed to be used by health professionals working with young people that are engaged…

DAST: Drug Abuse Screening Test

The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) is a 10-item brief screening tool that can be administered by a clinician or self-administered. Each question requires a yes or no response, and the tool can be completed in less than 8 minutes. This tool assesses drug use,…

Feelings Board Game

A printable board game. The game enables social workers and other practitioners to gain good insight into a child’s feelings and life while having a lot of fun playing the game. Click here to view/download 

Alcohol Use Questionnaire

The Alcohol Use Questionnaire recommended by the Department of Health has been found to be effective in detecting adults with alcohol disorders and those with hazardous drinking.

Person Posing A Risk To Children Assessment Framework

This tool is designed to provide a framework for assessing the risk posed by such individuals, who may or may not be convicted. It is intended for use as a framework for discussion with the PPR and other members of the household, (not a form…

All About Me Worksheets: Gaining wishes & feelings of children; 16 pages

A very nice colourful 16-page “All About Me” booklet which enables social workers to gain inormation about a child’s family,  likes and dislikes, life events, wishes and feelings and needs. WORKSHEETS INCLUDED: About me About my family Helping my family My journey My life Things that make…

The Graded Care Profile: Neglect Assessment Tool

The Graded Care Profile is  a widely used  assessment tool designed to help social workers identify when a child is at risk of neglect. The Graded Care Profile assists social workers to measure the quality of care being given to a child in respect of…