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Approved Parenting Capacity Assessment

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Approved Parenting Capacity Assessment under Section 36(2)

I, Cathy Taylor, Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection, hereby determine that an approved parenting capacity assessment for the purposes of s36 (2) of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 is an assessment conducted in accordance with the criteria and the process set out below.

  1. The assessment must be conducted by a clinician/body/agency approved by the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection as a provider for the Department for Child Protection or by the clinicians employed by the Department for Child Protection. The clinician must have adequate skills and knowledge to conduct a parenting capacity assessment and must not be engaged with the family in another role which results in a bias or conflict of interest.
  2. The assessment must address the parent(s)’ or caregiver(s)’ or prospective caregiver(s)’ ability to provide safe care for a specified child or specified children taking into consideration the unique needs of that child or children.
  3. The clinician must take all reasonable steps to conduct the assessment in accordance with the process set out below.

Process of Assessment
The clinician will:

  1. Consider all relevant documents provided by the Chief Executive (eg the court application, current case plan, child protection history, previous professional reports); and
  2. Inform the participants of the purpose of the assessment and the possible outcomes of the assessment process.

The Clinician will:

  1. Interview the parent or caregiver or prospective caregiver where possible. An explanation should be given if this did not occur;
  2. Interview all children subject to the referral with the use of adequate expressive and receptive language skills appropriate for their developmental age;
  3. Interview other persons they consider to be relevant (eg. relevant family members, educational staff, health professionals, current carers);
  4. Use appropriate assessment methods to make an informed assessment of parental capacity as they deem necessary and appropriate;
  5. Observe interactions between all children and all relevant assessment participants if considered necessary (an explanation should be given if this did not occur).
  6. Take into consideration the cultural needs of the clients and use appropriate cultural knowledge, skills, methods and consultation as required. An interpreter should be used where necessary.

The Clinician will provide a detailed written report to the Chief Executive or his or her delegate in a timely manner following the assessment containing the following information:

  1. Details of the documents considered in the preparation of the report;
  2. A summary of all interviews and observations, including any tests, methods or tools applied;
  3. The opinion/s formed and conclusions reached linked to supporting evidence/information in the body of the report; and
  4. Recommendations based on the opinions and conclusions.

Dated: 29 August 2018

Cathy Taylor
Chief Executive
Child Protection