Innovation in social care assessments for disabled children: Research report

The authors assessed a Council for Disabled Children programme testing new approaches to assessment for children and young pople with disabilities, by collecting baseline and post-test data in five local authorities, through costs; surveys; observation of local authority-run sessions; questionnaires; interviews; and focus groups.

  • Theme: Processes and pathways
  • Strength: Promising
  • Breadth of Impact: Robust
  • Status: Quality Assured
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The authors assessed a Council for Disabled Children programme testing new approaches to assessment for children and young pople with disabilities, by collecting baseline and post-test data in five local authorities, through costs; surveys; observation of local authority-run sessions; questionnaires; interviews; and focus groups.

They found that the main issues which parent carers and professionals experienced with previous assessment processes were that they took too long and were disproportionate for families with lower level needs. Professionals wanted better inter-agency working, and parent carers wanted a less intrusive process, with better advertising of support available.