Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which tool do I use?

It depends on the underlying concern it may be that a Case Conference or meeting will recommend which tool to use.

In cases where the underlying concern relates primarily to the conditions of the home, the Home Conditions Tool will be used to support the assessment and analysis.  Home Conditions is a quick assessment that can be undertaken by a single agency, by different agencies and compared, undertaken jointly with other disciplines or undertaken jointly with the family.  It may be appropriate for the family to complete the tool themselves.

In cases where the underlying concern relates to other factors, (other than the conditions of the home), the Graded Care Profile will be used to support the assessment and analysis.  This is an assessment of four areas, physical care, safety, responsiveness and esteem.  It is a more detailed assessment.  It is based on observation and assesses a range of indicators of neglect across a wide range of areas.

Informing Plans

Both tools have scores or rating that may indicate the relevant actions. For example, in Home Conditions a score of 3 indicates that the issue is very apparent and has a serious impact.  In Graded Care Profile, scores of 4 or 5 are indicative of neglect.  In both of these examples, specific interventions would usually be indicated to meet these concerns.   

Do I need to record this electronically or on paper?

Where the tool has been used with the family, it can either be kept as a paper document, be scanned into electronic records or completed electronically.

Where the document has been completed in the office, this can be saved electronically in accordance with agency protocols.

If this is sent electronically to workers or agencies it can be saved as an attachment within the electronic record system.

If we have a family of 5, do I have to complete one for each family member?

No – it is usually appropriate to undertake it on the most vulnerable child in the family where the conditions are likely to have the greatest impact.  Make sure your records clarify this.  Ensure that the tool is linked to all other children. If you want to complete a different one on each child, this can also be done.

Do I do this alone or with someone else?

This depends on your discussions in meetings. It may be advantageous to work with colleagues and you can complete this jointly. In the case of Home Conditions you may decide to complete it alone

Do I need to do this with the family?

Yes wherever possible – it is good practice to work collaboratively wherever possible. Sometimes the family t can score themselves (in particular Home Conditions) and you can compare scores and discuss.  However, there may be situations where you don’t feel comfortable doing this jointly with the family or sharing your findings.  These situations should be discussed in the supervisions or meeting as they may reflect other safeguarding concerns that need to be shared.

Do I need to do this in one session or over time?

This depends on the circumstances.  The Home Conditions may lend itself to doing it in one session.  If this is not possible, you may need more than one visit.

The Graded Care Profile is longer and more detailed. It may be done in the office based on knowledge of the case.  Otherwise it may take several visits.  Completing it with other workers and the family will provide a more comprehensive assessment

Should I repeat it?

In most cases it will either be repeated or updated as determined by you or your agency

Where do I get a copy of the forms?

You can obtain a copy of the forms from Warrington Safeguarding Children Board