Practitioners Tools, Assessment Frameworks and Intervention Resources

This page includes guidance on SMART planning; techniques and resources for interventions with children and young people; all the tools that are listed on the Assessment Guidance and Table of tools.

Guide to undertaking Multi-Agency Safeguarding Assessments

Calderdale uses the Child and Family Single Assessment (for Early Intervention and Children’s Social Care Statutory assessments) as the framework for assessments at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Continuum of Need.  The framework is based on the DoH ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ and includes ‘Child/Young Person’s Development Needs’, ‘Parental Capacity’ ‘Family and Environmental Factors’.  All safeguarding assessments, no matter which service is undertaking them or the circumstances in which the need has arisen, is based upon the gathering of relevant information from across all areas of a child and family’s life circumstances which have been identified as having significance.

Depending on the reason that has resulted in the need to undertake a Child and Family Single Assessment, it is likely that specific issues will need to be considered or there may be circumstances that could be clarified by using a specific tool.  The need for guidance on selecting an appropriate assessment framework and/or tools was identified during CSCB Multi-agency Reflective Practice Sessions, Learning Lessons from Serious Case Reviews and multi-agency audits of child protection plans.

This page provides practitioners with a selection of additional specific assessment frameworks and tools to be used in conjunction with the Child and Family Single Assessment to enhance and inform understanding of the child and family’s circumstances.   Selection of a particular tool or framework requires practitioners to consider the relevance of the use and application of the tools with each individual set of circumstances. The expectation is not to follow slavishly each element but to apply these proportionately when focusing upon the child’s needs, their well-being and the strengths and pressures within their life circumstances. It is essential that practitioners do so: collaboratively through good joint working arrangements; proportionately balancing strengths/resilience’s against the identified vulnerabilities/need for protection; and transparently via open exploration of family circumstances.

Note: the table of tools will be updated periodically – please ensure you have a current version

Assessment-Guide updated August 16

The following sections provide a range of intervention tools for practitioners, working on a range of issues with children and families

Healthy Relationships Resources for Schools

A list of resources for Primary and Secondary schools relating to Healthy Relationships is now available. This resource list has been pulled together based on suggestions by schools and providers working in the relevant field. It includes topics such as Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation , Emotional Wellbeing and specific SEND resources.

This list has been created because some school staff reported that they were unsure of where to find reputable resources. Please use the following link.

The direct link for the PDF is:

This is an interim measure to support schools. Work is underway to provide a web based single point of access to Healthy Relationships resources for schools across West Yorkshire which will be available later in the year.

Multi-Agency SMART Planning

Remember that the multi-agency plans that are written by members of the Children’s Workforce are for children and young people; they should focus on the child’s unmet needs and/or risks to the child or young person.

The desired outcomes should relate to direct improvements for the child

Progress against the desired outcomes needs to be measured in some way e.g. by using tools (see Tools and Assessment Frameworks above), observations, listening to what the child has to say etc.

Actions allow for short, medium and long-term steps

Timescales are used to identify specific expected milestones

Alternative options have been identified to take place if the plan is not successful – a contingency plan is agreed.

There are a number of resources here that you can use to help you to construct and check that your multi-agency plan is SMART

Step by Step guide to writing SMART plans and measuring outcomes

Standards for SMART plans

SMART plans – Guidance


MA Planning in Practice – powerpoint presentation

CSCB offers a half-day workshop MULTI-AGENCY SMART PLANNING IN PRACTICE that provides practical advice on how to use tools to assist assessment and measure change as part of a ‘good’ SMART plan.  It is aimed at all practitioners who work at all levels of the Continuum of Needs and who attend multi-agency meetings when there are concerns about a child or young person.

For more details of the workshop and how to book a place, see the Learning and Improvement Programme

Resources for young people with Learning Difficulties

This resource is aimed at young people with Learning Difficulties but includes a lot of useful ideas for work with young people

NI curriculum

For example:

Sex Education – assisting the young person to get to know their own bodies, good touch/bad touch etc.

Knowing and Growing: My Body

Taking Responsibility for Self – developing the young person as a contributor to society, promoting: Personal and mutual understanding, ethical awareness, personal responsibility, concern for others, openness to new ideas, community spirit, flexibility, respect, tolerance

Taking Part: Learning for Life and Work

Another resource aimed at young people with Learning Difficulties but equally useful for use with young people generally

Puberty & Sexuality for Children and Young People with a Learning Disability

Internet Safety – The CEOP website contains a range of resources, including short videos, interactive activities for children and young people of all ages and additional materials for parents and professionals, including toolkits and worksheets, wanting to raise awareness about safe use of the internet and mobile devices

CEOP Think U Know (register on the site to gain access to a wider range of resources)

Guidance for Faith Establishments

This guidance will help faith based establishments in England to meet their responsibilities by helping to ensure: Good accountability structures; Sufficient training; Safe recruitment practice; Supervision and support for staff; A clear process for dealing with complaints and allegations against staff.

Faith Establishment Safeguarding Guide Jan 2016

Pathway for Working with Resistant Families

This pathway should be followed when families do not co-operate with services or withdraw co-operation.

Pathway for working with Resistant Families

Resources for Working with Neglect