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National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People

DescriptionThe document is a national risk assessment 'toolkit' for child protection to support practioners in identifying and acting on child protection risks in children and young people.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 20, 2012


ISBN 978 1 78256 206 1 (web only publication)
DPPAS 13557

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Section 1: The Framework in Context

1.1 The GIRFEC National Practice Model and Risk Assessment

  • Key Principles in Applying the Framework
  • Risk and Significant Harm

1.2 The Risk Framework

  • Applying the Framework
  • Core Components of the Framework - Risk, Resilience and Resistance
  • Risk Assessment
  • A Staged Approach to Risk Assessment

1.3 When Can the Framework be Used?

Section 2: Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Framework

2.1 Getting Started

  • How to Use the Framework
  • Messages from Research
  • 10 Key Assessment Principles
  • Using the Tools - Some Things to Think About

2.2 Stage 1: Collection and Collation of Information

  • Risk Indicators
  • How to Use the Risk Indicators and Recording Sheets

2.3 Stage 2: Risk Analysis

  • What Do We Mean by Analysis?
  • Using Analysis to Understand the Child's World
  • How to Use Risk Indicator Recording Sheets to Aid Analysis
  • Risk Questions/Prompts
  • Considering Parental Resistance and Risk
  • How to use the Resilience/Vulnerability Matrix to Aid Analysis
  • Understanding What the Information is Telling Me

2.4 Stage 3: Risk Management

  • Risk Management Planning
  • The Child's Plan

Section 3: Risk Tools