We’re looking to examine current working practices and Local Authority statutory assessment systems in order to inform and support the implementation of a new NSPCC model for undertaking pre-birth risk assessments
Pre-birth risk assessments raise complex theoretical, ethical and practice issues. Whilst there is an increasing body of scientific evidence about the risk and protective factors during pregnancy that are associated with later maltreatment of the child, this evidence has not yet been fully harnessed and built into standard practice.
There is also a significant lack of guidance and evaluated models to support professionals undertaking pre-birth assessments, and this has led to inconsistent practice and limited understanding of the importance of beginning these assessments as early as possible in order to promote parental behaviour change prior to birth.
We have developed an evidenced based model for undertaking pre-birth risk assessments which has been subject to a feasibility study in four different local authority settings. We are now looking for an individual, organisation or consortium to work with us and lead a consultation exercise that examines current working practices in Local Authority statutory assessment systems in order to inform and support the implementation of the model so that we better understand the context in which the model is most likely to be fully implemented prior to larger scale piloting.