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    Strengthening families | Protecting children

    Framework for Practice

    Collaborative Assessment and Planning Framework

    A detailed exploration of how to use the framework to undertake comprehensive

    child protection risk assessment and planning in collaboration with families

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  • The Collaborative Assessment and Planning Framework was developed by and is copyrighted by Phil Decter and Sonja Parker.

    This resource was written by and is copyrighted by Sonja Parker. For further information, please contact [email protected], www.spconsultancy.com.au

    Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services GPO Box 806 Brisbane Qld 4001 www.communities.qld.gov.au

  • Contents

    Introduction to the Booklet .........................................................................................................................................................................................1

    Overview of the Collaborative Assessment and Planning Framework ................................1

    Four Domains of Inquiry ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................1

    More Detailed Analysis of Information within the Framework ...............................................................................................................2

    A Step-by-Step Guide to the Framework .......................................................................................................................................3

    Assessment Segment ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................3

    1. What are we worried about?..................................................................................................................................................................................................3 Statements of Harm ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................4

    Complicating Factors ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................5

    2. What’s working well? .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Protection and Belonging ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................6

    Strengths ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7

    3. The Safety and Wellbeing Scale ......................................................................................................................................................................................7

    4. What needs to happen? ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................8 Worry Statements ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................8

    Goal Statements ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................10

    Action Steps ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

    Using the Collaborative Assessment and Planning Framework in Practice .........13

    ‘Mapping’ the initial case information...............................................................................................................................................................................13

    Case Example ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................14

    Mapping of initial professional views based on the referral .................................................................................................................16

    Bringing the framework to families .....................................................................................................................................................................................18 Step 1: Building a constructive working relationship ...........................................................................................................................18

    Step 2: Starting to talk about the concerns .....................................................................................................................................................20

    Step 3: Introducing the Framework to families ...........................................................................................................................................21

    Step 4: Eliciting parents’ views ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    Which part of the framework do you start with? ........................................................................................................................................22

  • Working through the framework with parents/family members .....................................................23

    1. What’s going well? .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................23 Family Strengths...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................23

    Protection and Belonging ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25

    2. What are we worried about?..............................................................................................................................................................................................26 Harm ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................26

    Complicating Factors .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 28

    3. The Safety and Wellbeing Scale ..................................................................................................................................................................................29

    4. What needs to happen? ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................31 Worry Statements ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................31

    Goal Statements .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................33

    Action Steps ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................38

    Case Example: Mapping the parents’ views ..........................................................................................................................................................39

    Process of ‘mapping’ with Kristy and Darren ...........................