SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    Key Questions for Professionals

    Last updated 06/02/2019

    Key Questions for Professionals

    We encourage professionals to ask certain questions either as part of their assessment, or during professional supervision, or at review to inform judgements about what is in the “best interests” of the young carer and their family. Providing an assessment only for the child will not necessarily resolve the situation that has caused their referral. All adult social care and children’s assessments should ascertain why the child is caring, the extent of the reliance and caring responsibility and what needs to change. This is essential to prevent children from undertaking inappropriate levels of care and being relied on to assume levels of responsibility which impact adversely on their own well-being. Timely assessments of both the person who needs care and the whole family could prevent a child undertaking inappropriate levels of care in the first place.

    Key Questions:

    • Is a child undertaking (or at risk of undertaking) caring tasks likely to impact on them?
    • Why is a child undertaking care and support tasks that are relied upon?
    • What is the impact of caring on the child’s development, health and well-being?
    • What additional personalised services or support may be needed to ensure the parental care needs are met or to sustain a family unit and to prevent a child taking on or continuing to hold inappropriate caring responsibilities?
    • What is the parental capacity to respond to needs? Do they need support in their parenting role or in developing their parenting capacity?
    • What can be done to help the whole family or to maximise the broader support which others in the family are able to provide and to promote resilience?
    • How might we build resilience and family strengths and manage risks along the way?
    • Using the Sefton Level of Need Guidance do the impacts on the child indicate that it would be appropriate to use the on line contact form for Children’s Social Care or start an Early Help Assessment.