Undertaking a Parenting Assessment

How to undertake a parenting assessment - Social Worker training courses in London

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£295.00 £236.00 Inc.VAT


28th & 29th October 2019 – Holiday Inn Express, Stratford London
This training course equips attendees with the skills to complete a thorough parenting assessment, to effectively assess parenting capacity and arrive at a prognosis that is well argued, evidenced that can withstand the rigours of cross-examination.

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How to undertake a parenting assessment training course

This training course will equip attendees with the necessary skills to complete a thorough parenting assessment.

The ability to effectively assess the dimensions of parenting capacity lies at the core of social work with children and families.  That ability is underpinned by understanding and applying models of human behaviour and motivation and balancing that knowledge with a known history and conclusions drawn from structured observations.  The aim is to arrive at a prognosis that is well argued, evidenced that can withstand the rigours of cross-examination.

In this two day course, participants will work through the basics of understanding the letter of instruction and devising an assessment schedule and plan of work that will gather the information needed to answer the points raised in the instruction.

The analytical models applied will be the Framework for the Assessment of Children and Need and their Families and attachment theory.  The observational model applied will be the Parent Child Game.

Throughout this step-by-step training, formulations will be used as a means of building a theoretical framework to help determine whether a parent can meet the needs of their child.

The main training modality will be tutor-led teaching, case material discussion and the use of video to practice observation techniques.

The days will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, and will end at approx 4.30pm.

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to 14 learning hours. 


Terence Simmons

Terence believes that social work practice is at its best when it is an effective mixture of sound self-awareness, applied intuition and rigorously utilised theoretical frameworks.  Terence also firmly believes that social workers need the ability to express themselves well and clearly and be able to construct arguments that are logical, founded in observational skill, use appropriate evidence and demonstrate that competing viewpoints have been balanced adequately.

As a practitioner, Terence has cast a wide theoretical net but has concentrated largely on the practice of parenting and uses attachment theory as the basis for understanding parenting behaviour and the simplicity of parenting approaches such as the Parent/Child Game for changing parenting behaviour.  However, it is not unusual for him to also rely on his years as a Relate counsellor, mentor, counselling supervisor (for addictions counsellors) as well as his training in systemic family therapy, psychodrama, gestalt psychotherapy and the insights afforded by cognitive psychology.

At times of the greatest stress, he is usually to be found in his shed or playing the drums.

Holiday Inn Express London – Stratford, 196 High Street, London, E15 2NE

The Holiday Inn Express – Stratford is situated in the heart of East London, site of the Queen Elizabeth Park and just outside the congestion zone. Stratford has excellent transport links and the hotel is located only a short walk from the comprehensive London transport system, the Stratford rail and bus terminal, Javelin Train to St. Pancras in 7 minutes and the Channel Tunnel rail link. The heart of the City of London is only 10 minutes away.

Station Name: Stratford Regional & International. Distance: 0.3 MI/0.48 KM WEST to Hotel. Taxi Charge (one way): £5.00

Walking from Stratford station
Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre. Once you’re outside, turn right and follow the High Street down until you see the Holiday Inn Express on your right.

Car Parking
The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

Below are some comments from attendees from our course held in Stratford:

“All aspects of the program were helpful. Absolutely wonderful. It resonated with my cases.” – TM, Independent Social Worker

The course was very informative. Terry is very knowledgable and delivered the course very well. At the end of the course, I felt confident in undertaking a parenting assessment. The role play was also really good, putting everything into perspective.” – SF, Independent Social Worker

“The material was really accessible, engaging and clear. I look forward to incorporating my learning in future reports.” – HC, Independent Social Worker

“The course material was very relevant to my role, the presenter is skilled, knowledgeable and helpful.” – ST, Independent Social Worker

“There were really good course example as with application to work. I feel more confident and competent now. It was helpful to learn new tools to support parents/adults.” – AG, Independent Social Worker

“As a child protection chair and independent social worker, this will help enormously. A really great presentation by Terence. The course confirmed my current skill base and added further knowledge for me to take forward.” –  OW, Social Worker

“Terence is an excellent presenter, his knowledge and skills were clearly seen. His use of examples made the teaching relevant.” – LH, Social Worker

“I was very impressed with the standard of training and I would recommend to all social workers regardless of previous experience.” – JS, Independent Social Worker

“The course material was all very relevant and focused on topical issues and concerns that may arise. The trainer organised activities and the group well. I learnt and discussed all of the topics I hoped to. I found the PAC (assessing couples) to be most useful.” – JB, Social Worker

“Well explained by the trainer, a really good course and really good material. It was well layered and I am sure I will find it very useful. The course went beyond my expectations!” – VE, Independent Social Worker

“Excellent coverage of relevant information, presentation was provided with engaging, interesting and entertaining style. The presenter was open to discssions and questions. The course did meet my expectations and beyond. A great venue and refreshments.” – ME, LA Social Worker

“Excellent content and all very relevant. The material was well presented as always. I have attended previous courses through WillisPalmer with Terence, and this was excellent as expected.” – GS, Independent Social Worker

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