The purpose of assessment – This is a piece of work undertaken to build a comprehensive understanding of the problem and needs of the child, of any parenting difficulties, or of the family system as a whole. It may involve meeting with parents, seeing the child individually, and liaising with any other professionals involved with the child.
Assessment in itself can be beneficial to the understanding of a problem and may be all that is required. Alternatively, it can enable us to work collaboratively with families to formulate an appropriate treatment package.
What issues does the assessment cover? – The focus of the assessment may include:
- A screen or full assessment for mental health problems, such as (but not exhaustively) anger, self-esteem issues, eating disorders depression, anxiety, OCD
- To provide a framework to understand behaviour that may be bewildering or concerning to a parent/carer
- To make sense of behaviour that may have arisen from trauma, abuse or neglect
- A cognitive assessment to establish whether the child has any learning difficulties (See our neurodevelopmental services)
- Assessments for Autistic Spectrum Conditions (See our neurodevelopmental services.)