Project Point

Community Based Assessments

Community Based Assessments can be undertaken either at Living Springs or in the wider community

  • Living Springs Family Centre has converted barns accommodation, providing four single-bedroom and three two-bedroom independent self-contained flats where Community-based parenting assessments can be undertaken.
  • This is a low cost option for Local Authorities, as in many cases, residents are eligible to claim Housing Benefit to cover their rent of the accommodation and the Local Authority only has to pay for the number of staff assessment hours specified in the remit for the family.
  • A support package is arranged for staff to be available to supervise, assess and work with families for an appropriate number of hours’ input each day according to the level of identified need. There is an on-site support worker available in the case of emergency or should urgent assistance be required.
  • In some cases both parent and child are resident in the flats, in other cases just the parent is resident and the child is brought daily for contact. It is sometimes the case that neither parent/s nor the child/ren are resident at Living Springs, but they visit the Centre for specified periods during day time hours for contact supervision, input and assessment.
  • It is normal for a Community-Based Assessment to require a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks, although this of course, would be dependent upon the progress the parents make and their ability to co-operate with staff and to work together towards improved and adequate parenting.