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Family Assessment Services

Dudley Lodge provide Family Assessment Services to families across the country, but what is an assessment? Are there different types of assessment? How are people assessed? The section of the site will explain the assessment process in more detail.

What is an assessment?

An assessment is a way of learning about your parenting skills and ability to safely care for your child. The information collected during the assessment will be used to make recommendations about your child’s future. 

What sort of assessments do you offer?

We offer lots of different types of assessment services, including residential assessments, day assessments, community based assessments (assessment in your own home), and Place of Safety placements. More about the different types of assessment can be found here.

How will you assess my parenting skills?

Each family has different needs, but when working with you our aim is to ensure the best outcome for your child is achieved. Our assessment is led by your family’s individual ‘Assessment Requirements’ (as identified by your placing Local Authority), and before or shortly after you move into the centre a Placement Plan meeting will take place, to allow everyone involved to talk about your assessment and its purpose.

The Dudley Lodge assessment is based on the ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ and looks at:

  • The child’s developmental needs;
  • Parenting Capacity;
  • The wider family and environmental factors.

Each family is allocated a Case Manager, who along with Family Assessment Workers will complete a range of direct individual work, group work and daily observations.

Who can have an assessment and what are the reasons for completing one?

Dudley Lodge work with lots of families, all with different needs and from a diverse range of backgrounds. Families complete assessments for lots of different reasons, including:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Substance misuse
  • Neglect
  • Chaotic parenting/lifestyles
  • Additional learning needs
  • History of Social Care involvement
  • Difficulty in meeting your child’s needs

However, the list above is only an example of referral concerns, and the reason for completing an assessment is different for each family. Therefore when deciding a family’s suitability for an assessment we will look at individual circumstances, and provide an assessment suitable for each individual.

What is the referral process?

Social workers, legal services or CAFCASS Guardians can make a referral for a family to come to Dudley Lodge click here to see our referral process.