When assessment, planning and action are needed, practitioners can draw on the Getting it right for every child National Practice Model, which can be used in a single or multi-agency context, and:
- provides a framework for practitioners and agencies to structure and analyse information consistently so as to understand a child or young person’s needs, the strengths and pressures on them, and consider what support they might need
- defines needs and risks as two sides of the same coin. It promotes the participation of children, young people and their families in gathering information and making decisions as central to assessing, planning and taking action
- provides a shared understanding of a child or young person’s needs by identifying concerns that may need to be addressed.
The National Practice Model is a dynamic and evolving process of assessment, analysis, action and review, and a way to identify outcomes and solutions for individual children or young people. It allows practitioners to meet the Getting it right for every child core values and principles in an appropriate, proportionate and timely way.
It contains the key elements of a single planning process that should in turn lead to a single child’s plan - if one is needed.
It is a way for all agencies and workers who support children, young people and their families to begin to develop a common language within a single framework, enabling more effective inter- and intra-agency working.
Using the National Practice Model in this consistent way allows practitioners in any agency or organisation to construct a plan and take appropriate action. It also allows for regular and consistent reviewing of the plan.