Child Welfare Assessments
What is a Child Welfare Assessment?
Child Welfare Assessments are assessments provided to case workers in Government or non-Government organisations as they endeavour to provide nurturing homes for children in Out of Home Care (OoHC).
We provide a range of assessment services including (but not limited to) Relative and Kinship Carer, Foster Care, Step by Step 2016, Restoration and Parenting Capacity and Guardianship Assessments.
In addition, we can also customise assessments to meet your needs in supporting the welfare of children in OoHC.
How do I know that the Child Welfare Assessment report I receive is of a high quality?
We have a dedicated quality assurance (QA) process to ensure you receive reports of the highest quality.
Every Assessment referral is allocated to both an assessor who completes the report, as well as a senior Peer Review (PR) assessor who is available to the assessor throughout the life of the referral. The PR assessors, provides the necessary supervision and peer support that is required.
A vital part of this support is conducting the final read of the report ensuring it is accurate, reliable, child focused, evidence based and trauma informed.
How do I know your child welfare assessors gather reliable information in a short period of time?
Assessment Australia assessors are experts in assessing.
Our team is comprised of specialists who focus entirely on the assessment and training aspect of case plans, meaning you can focus on other aspects of family care. Each assessor comes to us with over three years’ experience in child welfare assessments.
Why should we choose Assessments Australia over other assessment and training providers?
Our team is comprised of specialists who focus entirely on the assessment and training aspect of case plans, meaning case workers can focus on other aspects of family care. Our administration team relieve the pressure from you by matching the requirements of your case to a trusted assessment expert or training facilitator.
Each of our Psychologists or Social Workers has a minimum of three years’ experience in the sector and has undergone a rigorous screening process and internally validated checks. Combined with our comprehensive quality assurance framework, you can have the greatest confidence in our assessments and recommendations.
We are flexible in approach and work within your parameters while working to provide a seamless and positive experience for children and carers.
In what regions do you operate?
As our name suggests, Assessments Australia conducts assessments Australia wide. Our assessors are situated in NSW, SA, Vic, QLD and Tasmania.
Travelling is no issue for many of our assessors, who are happy to fly across the country to assess a family. We also have assessors who keep their passports handy in case an international assessment is required.
What types of assessments does Assessments Australia’s Child Welfare Team complete?
We work with clients to determine the best type of assessment support for each individual brief. We complete a range of essential tasks including, but not limited to:
- Relative and Kinship Carer Assessments and training
- Foster Care Assessments and training
- Step by Step 2016 Assessments
- Restoration Assessments and Parenting Capacity Assessments
- Guardianship Assessments
- Carer Review Assessments (annual and five yearly) and training
- Supervision of Contact Assessment
- Placement Reviews
- Section 90 Assessments
- Court-related assessments
- Other training and assessments, including accommodation customised requests.
How do I make a child welfare referral?
To refer a family to an assessment or training with us, you can start by completing a referral form. If needed we will work with you to develop a referral form that meets your specific assessment requirements.
After we receive your referral, will review your requirements and provide you with a quote within 24 hours.
What are the steps after submitting a child welfare referral?
We will provide you with a quote based on the information in the referral form. Once this quote has been approved and returned to us, we will allocate the referral to a suitable assessor within one business day of receipt.
The assessor will then contact the caseworker and the carer or applicant to arrange an appointment within the agreed time-frames. As each assessment and agency is unique the time-frames are established on an assessment specific basis.
When can I expect to receive my completed Child Welfare Assessment report?
Each assessment is unique, with differing time agreements with different agencies. A typical turnaround time following the participant interview is 3-4 weeks.
When there are complex issues to be resolved, Assessments Australia will work with you to optimise your time frame, working to accommodate specific requirements of your assessment’s needs.
When there is a critical time frame such as a court date, please ring our office and we can activate a special plan to meet your needs.
How do I receive my Child Welfare Assessment report?
Each Assessments Australia report is securely emailed to the referring case worker and manager, as a PDF.
How do I keep track of my child welfare referrals?
Assessments Australia gives you access to our proprietary online management system (OMS) allowing you to follow the status of any referrals that you make.
What is the process for Child Welfare Assessments?
Assessments Australia’s assessors typically travel to the residence of the participant to conduct a face to face interview. Our team specialise in entering a home at a difficult time and engaging with a family who may be in crisis. By providing a compassionate human face while gathering information, they help to put families at ease.
This assessment forms the basis of a formal report making recommendations to the referring case worker. Before the report is released it is subjected to an Assessments Australia formal peer review process ensuring consistent, professional results and an assured level of quality.
Throughout each process, our team are transparent, process driven, innovative and open to feedback to ensure the best outcomes for you and the family you are caring for.
Do you offer training for guardians or carers?
Yes. Our assessors are trained in Shared Lives training as well as the training for Relative or Kin Carers. We can also conduct customised training if a need arises. Talk to our team to find out more.
Who will conduct my Child Welfare Assessment report?
Your Assessments Australia team includes highly qualified Psychologists and Social Workers who are experienced in conducting comprehensive out of home care assessments, together with assured and accountable assessment professionals overseen by a National Professional Services Manager and Domain Specialist.
Our team is comprised of specialists who focus entirely on the assessment and training aspect of case plans, meaning you can focus on other aspects of family care.
Each of our Psychologists or Social Workers has a minimum of three years’ experience in the sector and has undergone a rigorous screening process and internally validated checks including AFP, WWC, DCSI and Blue Card.
Our assessors and facilitators are supported to grow and develop personally and professionally and in turn each is committed to providing high quality, unbiased, child-focused assessments and training.