Assessment and Action Record
are six age-related Assessment and Action Records for children
and young people looked after. They provide a detailed and
structured assessment of a child's progress in relation
to seven developmental dimensions: Health, Education, Emotional
and Behavioural Development, Family and Social Relationships,
Identity, Self-Care Skills, and Social Presentation.
It is recommended that an Assessment and Action Record
is completed every six months for children looked after
under five years of age and once a year for children and
young people looked after over the age of five.
Each agency should have a clear policy that sets out at
which point an Assessment and Action Record should be completed.
Using the Assessment and Action Record
The Assessment and Action Record records detailed information
about a child or young person in relation to each of the
seven developmental dimensions. The information gathered
is then analysed and used to inform decisions about specific
actions required to enable the child or young person to
achieve or maintain satisfactory progress in that area.
The actions identified should be Specific, Measurable,
Achievable, Related to the assessment and have a clear Time
scale for completion. The identified actions for each dimension
are recorded in the two-page summary and used to inform
the review process.
It is unlikely that one individual will have all the necessary
information to complete an Assessment and Action Record.
The record can, therefore, be a useful tool for practitioners
in planning and structuring discussions with the child or
young person and members of their network.
The Assessment and Action Record records specific and detailed
information. It should be used not as a questionnaire but
as an aide memoire for practitioners to plan their discussions
with the child or young person. The information gathered
in planned discussions with the child or young person are
then recorded in the Assessment and Action Record.
It is important that the completed record is shared with
the child or young person, in ways which accord with their
age and ability. As the record covers all the key dimensions
of development it provides an opportunity to highlight and
discuss areas of achievement as well as those areas that
have not gone as well.
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