The assessment dimensions highlighted within the 'Assessment framework for children in need and their families 2000', (Click here for guidance document to this), identify the processes and methods through which factors that contribute to a child’s well-being can be assessed. The impact that those factors have on a child or young person can help or hinder the child’s ability to achieve their full potential as measured by the five outcomes.
Any practitioner carrying out an assessment for any reason must be aware that if there are any child protection issues, they must follow their agency child protection procedures which will be based upon the Leeds LSCB procedures www.leedslscb.org.uk (double click on ‘procedures’).
Practitioners also need to be aware that children’s age, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability and sexuality impact on each child in an individual way, and may be experienced in very different ways when they are impacting in combination. This will influence the process and outcomes of assessments.