C-Change capacity to change: assessment manual

University of Bristol. School for Policy Studies
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C-Change is designed as a complementary assessment process, to be used alongside standard methods of assessing children and their families, such as the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need. It is an assessment that focuses specifically on parental capacity to change, with the aim of better informing future planning and decision-making. The document gives an overall outline of the C-Change approach; examines the barriers to and facilitators of change and ways of gathering information about these factors; explores goal-setting and other methods of gathering evidence of actual change; deals with specific questions of maintaining the focus on the child where the C-Change assessment necessarily draws the social worker into the parents’ functioning; offers ways of drawing conclusions from the material collected; and sets out the background academic work that lies behind the methods put forward. The approach has been designed to support local authority social work practice in England. It builds on existing processes including child and family assessments, parenting assessments, and routine practices of giving parents the opportunity to resolve their difficulties before considering more significant actions such as applications to the family court. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
assessment, parental attitudes, parenting, Family Courts, safeguarding children, childrens social care;
Content type:
practice guidance
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