There are many tools that professionals who work with children and their families can access to support their practice. These tools, combined with professional judgement and the relationship the worker develops with the child and family, can be effective in promoting excellent interventions and outcomes for children.
The tools promoted in this section are evidence based and supported by evaluations of their effectiveness. It is important that any worker using tools to support assessment, planning and intervention is clear about the following points:
Once you have this understanding, it is best to either talk to a colleague who has used the tool before, or to practice using it yourself prior to working with a client.
Not all tools will fit you - each practitioner will have a different way of working and the best tool is always the one that you have the most confidence in and that challenges your thinking.