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Children in need census 2013 to 2014: factors identified at the end of assessment

A guide on recording factors identified at the end of the assessment for local authorities completing the children in need census 2013 to 2014.

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The effective assessment of an individual child’s needs is a process requiring the skills, knowledge and professional judgement of practitioners. This is in order to ascertain the child’s needs, the parent’s ability to meet those needs, and the impact of wider family and environmental factors.

Recording this data after assessment means that the professional skills taken to complete the assessment can be used to record findings, from the assessment, systematically in a manner which facilitates analysis and service planning based on the social worker’s understanding.

The main children in need census 2013 to 2014 guide is also available.