Vivacity Independent Social Work

Independent Social Work, across the UK  | e: info@vivacitysocialwork.co.uk

Parenting Assessments

Over the past nine years I have assessed many children and young people who have additional needs. There are occasions when families are subject to Child Protection procedures because of the associated difficulties of parenting a child with complex needs. During this period I have met a number of parents who are on the autism spectrum and sometimes their parenting skills have been questioned. Consequently, in September 2016 I trained to undertake PAMS 4 parenting assessments. I now offer bespoke assessments for parents who are on the autism spectrum. As an expert witness, I provide a thorough and competent analysis of the child's needs whilst taking into consideration whether additional, specialist support would promote the parent's capacity to provide good enough parenting to their child. My ongoing training in Transactional Analysis adds a further dimension to my assessments.  

A recent publication in Community Care highlights my understanding of parenting a child who has Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2019/05/15/pathological-demand-avoidance-social-workers-need-know/ 

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