Assessment skills

The ability to form accurate, insightful and well rounded assessments is essential for good social work. To genuinely meet the needs of your clients it is important that you are able to use the assessment process in an accurate, analytical and inclusive way.
Course Information

Course Information

Assessment skills

Course Overview

Our range of assessment training courses offer participants the chance to improve their assessment skills and focus on the following areas:

Assessment & Analysis Course

This course enables participants:

  • Understand the purpose of assessment under Section 17 and Section 47.
  • Explor a staged research based model which follows through an assessment from information gathering through to analysis and decision making.
  • Understand the importance of reflecting on the information gathered from the child, family and professionals in order to understand what is happening in the family.
  • Develop basic assessment skills including engaging the family in the assessment process and working in partnership with families through the assessment.
  • Consider diversity and the impact of faith and culture on the assessment process.


Managing Risk

This course enables participants:

  • Focus on assessment skills with parents and talking to parents about the needs of the child and the risks using roleplay.
  • Explore undertaking assessments, using analytical questions to gather information about the child, the capacity of the parents to meet the developmental needs of the child within the family and environmental context, drawing on messages from research and SCRs drawing on Marian Brandon’s (2002) model.
  • Ensure that the ‘lived experience’ of the child is captured and evidenced in the assessment.
  • Consider how to assess complex risk using messages from research and inquiries, with a particular focus on being ‘risk sensible’ and using judgement and balance (Munro 2011).
  • Develop skills in talking to families from diverse communities, particularly about the place of faith and culture in their family and their parenting.


Critical thinking, decision making & effective plans

This course enables participants:

  • Develop skills in how to use reflection and analysis to inform decision making on risk and develop plans which are outcome focused in relation to change for the child.
  • Develop an analytical mindset to information which enables the supervisor and practitioner to understand the ‘lived experience’ for the child and to capture this in the assessment.
  • Develop critical thinking skills and tools for analysis of information which model curiosity in supervision with the aim of developing curiosity in practitioners.
  • Be alert to faith and culture in analysis and decision making and looking analytically at the impact of these.
  • Develop an analytical approach to risk assessment and being 'risk sensible'. (Munro 2011). 


All of these courses can be customised to suit the particular needs of your organisation and those you work with. We encourage participants to consider not only their individual role and responsibilities in relation to the subject, but also to look at the subject from a multi-agency perspective. We use best practice and research examples throughout and encourage participants to develop a reflective and safe approach to their practice.

Please contact us to find out more.