See CAFCASS’ guidance and procedures for working with children here
See a useful account of how CAFCASS assess harmful parenting in their Other forms of harmful parenting guide
Use the links below to see what the CAFCASS Family Court Adviser (FCA) will be using in their assessment. See exactly what CAFCASS thinks is useful. FCAs are expected to follow these processes although they do have discretion in how they conduct their assessments.
SCODA – risk assessment with parental drug misuse
This is used in interviews to assess drug misuse
Used in interviews to assess drug abuse
Used in interviews to assess alcohol misuse
Tool for parenting knowledge and style
Used in interviews to explore parents’ understanding of their child’s needs according to age and stage of development.
Child exploitation screening tool
This is used in assessing any children under the age of 18 to assess a child’s risk of sexual abuse or exploitation
Used to assess ‘wellbeing’
Used to assess parents/carers view of the children’s needs and how they are coping with them
This is designed to organise FCAs’ thinking and help them to review the evidence where parents have mental health difficulties. It is not designed to be a prescriptive or definitive measure of risk
Sexual behaviours traffic light tool
This lists examples of sexual behaviour in children divided into four age categories. All green, amber and red behaviours require some form of attention and response, but the type of intervention will vary according to the behaviour