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Advanced Assessment skills

Good quality assessments are fundamental to protecting children and supporting families. We need to be able to gather information, make sense of it and use it to create effective plans. This requires us to utilise a range of questioning and thinking skills for different purposes. It also requires us to use research and to analyse the information in a robust way to make sense of the story.

This course is for professionals working with children and families. We will explore, through presentations, discussions and case studies a range of advanced skills to enhance decision-making. Course content includes:

  • Gathering information – the concept of the story
  • The need for humble curiosity in relationship-based practice
  • Understanding the different thinking styles and their application to practice
  • Recognising evidence, difference, grey areas and missing information in the assessment process
  • Understanding colliding or nurturing biographies; cumulative and interacting risks and strengths
  • The top 5 questions for all assessments
  • Using hypothesis types to reduce assumptions and error
  • How to undertake thematic analysis of lived lives stories
  • Analysing themes: strengths, risks; patterns, trends, time and impact
  • Tools to guide a range of practice decisions


  • All courses are offered on a Face to Face or Virtual basis.
  • Bespoke & Open Training Courses Available.

Case Studies

  • Early Help Whole Family Skills Training – Barnsley

    Barnsley were looking for a training provider to support their recent restructure to whole family working and implementation of its Family Support offer in both the Early Help and Troubled Families agenda.
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  • Safeguarding and Signs of Abuse Training

    Interface worked with Ashmead Primary School on safeguarding and signs of abuse more...
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  • Stockton - Strategic Partnership Away Day

    We facilitated a session between Stockton Borough Council and Family Action who have been awarded a contract to deliver services across the area. Over a full day we worked with key senior leaders to consider vision, aims, risks and governance and create an action plan for the next few months.

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  • Case Study Evaluation of emotional well-being

    Interface worked with West Sussex to review three pilot projects providing emotional well-being services for young people aged 12-25 years.
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Cancellation Policy

We are very flexible and will do our utmost to rearrange training should the need arise, but our trainers obviously commit themselves to the training days agreed and so if you need to cancel at short notice we will need to charge a cancellation fee to cover their time.