The wellbeing indicators are used in a number of ways. They can be used to structure the recording of routine information about a child or young person, under whichever headings are appropriate, to record their progress in universal services. This will allow relevant information to be shared more easily.
The eight indicators in the wellbeing wheel are areas in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future. They allow practitioners to structure information (which may identify needs and concerns), and to plan. They are used to record observations, events and concerns and when putting together a child’s plan. The My World Triangle and the Resilience Matrix are then used to gather, structure and assist in the analysis of information.
In some cases, recording progress using the wellbeing indicators will allow practitioners to identify concerns that only become apparent from cumulative information or collated single-agency or multi-agency records.
If you work with children and young people, and you record information about them, you and your organisation should start organising that information in line with the National Practice Model.
The wellbeing indicators can also be used to structure recording of a specific concern that may be raised with or by practitioners that may need further assessment or action, for example, not doing as well in school as expected. A concern can be an event itself, or a series of events, or attributes, which affect the wellbeing or potential wellbeing of a child or young person, for example, missing appointments for health checks.
A concern can also arise because a child or young person is, for example, living in a family where a parent may be misusing drugs or alcohol. Parents, children and young people themselves may have concerns that they bring to the attention of practitioners.
The five questions any practitioner needs to ask are the same questions all practitioners need to raise when they are concerned about a child or young person:
- What is getting in the way of this child or young person’s wellbeing?
- Do I have all the information I need to help this child or young person?
- What can I do now to help this child or young person?
- What can my agency do to help this child or young person?
- What additional help, if any, may be needed from others?
The wellbeing indicators are also used when a plan is being constructed or reviewed, to summarise the child or young person’s needs.