Resources for assessing other forms of harmful parenting
Our Family Court Advisers need to consider all the factors which play a part in harmful parenting, such as mental health and substance abuse. This ensures a focus on the wider harm that may occur, and not only of that raised specifically in the application to court.
Tools and guidance
Guidance for use
SCODA – risk assessment with parental drug misuse Private law: To be used in an interview to establish an evidence base for analysis. SCODA Tool for drug abuse Private law: To be used in an interview to establish an evidence base for analysis. Cafcass – adapted from Fowler, 2003 Alcohol use tool Private law: To be used in an interview to establish an evidence base for analysis. adapted from Department of Health (DoH 2000) Tool for parenting knowledge and style Private law: To be used to explore parents’ understanding of their child’s needs according to age and stage of development. Cafcass – adapted from Fowler, 2003 Child sexual exploitation screening tool Private/public law: This tool can be applied to all children (male and female) under the age of 18 and its purpose is to enable practitioners to assess a child’s level of risk of CSE in a concise and consistent manner. Cafcass Adult wellbeing scale Private law: To be used in an interview to establish an evidence base for analysis. DoH 2000 Parenting daily hassles scale Private/public law: An assessment tool which can be used with the parents/carers to consider their view of the children’s needs and how they are coping with these needs. DoH 2000 Mental health thinking tool Private/public law: This is a tool to help organise FCAs thinking and critically review evidence in cases where parents have mental health difficulties. It is not designed to be a prescriptive or definitive measure of risk and should be used in the context of the overall structured professional judgement, in conjunction with the broader evidence in the case. Dr Sheena Webb, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust for Cafcass, 2017. Sexual behaviours traffic light tool Private/public law: This tool lists examples of presenting sexual behaviours within four age categories. All green, amber and red behaviours require some form of attention and response, but the type of intervention will vary according to the behaviour. This tool must be used within the context of the guidance provided and should not be used in isolation. SC