Child Safety Assessment: Time to Analyse
Is the child facing any challenges? A challenge in a child’s life can be any event or situation that the child has to deal with. It could be a traumatic event, or it could be pattern of behaviour that may cause cumulative harm, such as neglect or bullying.
How is this challenging impacting them now, and how could it impact them in the future?
Individual children and families have different resources at their disposal. Concerns to child’s well-being occurs when their resources and/or those of their care givers are not adequate to deal with a specific challenge. Therefore, there at times a child or family can benefit from the assistance and support from others. Are the resources of the child, family and/or community enough for them to deal with the current challenges?
One must assess the parents (or caregivers) capacity to provide for the specific needs (possibly new needs) of a child. This may include the parents (or caregivers):
- Parents belief of the concerns
- Ability to prioritize the child’s needs over other priorities in their lives.
- Issues that may hinder the parents’ ability to provide for the child’s needs.
One must assess the capacity of the family’s community to be able to provide for the needs of the child(ren).
Are they any unmet safety needs? Does the family, and/or community need assistance to meet the child’s unmet needs.