Multi-Disciplinary Holistic Family Assessments

With a diverse range of experts available, we are best placed to provide a unique approach to assessments…

Global Approach to Family Assessments

Due to the highly experienced and skilled practitioners in our team, WillisPalmer is providing holistic family assessments. This comprehensive assessment focuses on parent’s intellectual functioning, attachment history, personality, their ability to recognise a child’s needs, acknowledge concerns and work in co-operation with professionals.

Alongside this, we can work with the child/children to assess their intellectual and developmental level, attachment patterns, behaviour, mental health and explore their views of family functioning. By drawing on a diversity of skills, we can provide holistic family assessments to assess the relationship between parent and child, to inform placement choice, contact arrangements and advise professionals about mental health and therapeutic needs.

This model combines the skills of a broad range of professionals to offer a bespoke assessment that examines in detail the complex interpersonal relationships between family members. The principle behind the assessment is that a child cannot be assessed in a vacuum, nor can parents and adults be understood separately from their children, other family members and their history.

High-Intensity Dynamic, Interactive Process 

The assessment will be social worker led but will incorporate a combination of clinical and/or educational psychologist; child and adolescent psychotherapist, mental health practitioner (adult or child) and social worker (PAMs trained if required). It will take place over a six-week period, with a high level of intervention where the family will be observed in their everyday routines and interactions.

The intensive nature of this assessment means that it can be undertaken in a relatively short timescale thereby reducing delay and uncertainty for families. It can be undertaken within the family home where children and carers/patients can be observed in their natural surroundings and does not involve them moving from their communities and potentially having to give up their accommodation to move to a more-costly residential unit. Dependant upon the level of risk, twenty-four-hour monitoring can be put in place through the use of our trained family support workers.

Because of the flexibility this model provides, it can be used in multiple ways and is bespoke to each and every family. It is evidence-based and involves assessment and intervention, drawing appropriately from multiple disciplines to develop a clear understanding of the issues and potential solutions.

I hereby confirm that the service provided by WillisPalmer has been nothing less than excellent. Communication has been prompt and efficient, with phone calls when necessary. We as an organisation would most certainly continue to use the services provided by WillisPalmer when needed.

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How does it work?

The assessment takes place over a six-week period and the core team will meet at the midway point and towards the end to discuss progress.

During the assessment period, the family will be given parenting advice/coaching to help them to develop alternative strategies. Their ability to implement these and sustain changes will inform the assessment process.

The team spend time within the family home, visiting the child/children in school if applicable. They observe the families’ everyday routine and interactions. The level of required visiting will be specific in the plan and will be devised according to the needs of the family.

The final report will be prepared by the social worker with input from all other members of the multi-disciplinary team and will be completed within two weeks of the assessment sessions concluding.

Want to get in touch?

If you would like to book a meeting to discuss your requirements, or wish to speak to our Head of Operations, Harriet Jannetta – please call us on 01206 878178 or email: