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Viability Assessments

Viability Assessments

What is Viability Assessment?

A viability assessment is an evaluation that quickly establishes whether a relative or new carer is capable of looking after a child or if further investigations are required to determine their parenting capabilities more accurately. A report based on the findings of the assessment will detail strengths and weaknesses of the parent as well as whether a full carer’s assessment or special guardianship report will be needed.

Understanding the Viability Assessment Process

A Viability Assessment is a swift, initial evaluation designed to ascertain if a relative, friend, or new carer is potentially suitable to care for a child, particularly when the child cannot remain under their parents' care. This crucial assessment forms the foundation of a more comprehensive evaluation, determining if further in-depth investigations into their parenting capabilities are necessary. The assessment report provides a clear depiction of the prospective carer's strengths and weaknesses, guiding decisions on whether to proceed with a full carer’s assessment or a Special Guardianship report.

Duration of Viability Assessment

Typically, a Viability Assessment can be concluded within a concise timeframe, usually not exceeding ten days. This prompt approach ensures that critical decisions regarding the child's care are made in a timely manner, prioritizing the child's needs and welfare.

The Importance of Viability Assessment in Child Welfare

When children cannot live with their parents, research consistently highlights the positive outcomes of placing them with family, friends, or connected persons. Children tend to thrive in such environments, often experiencing more stability in care compared to living in foster care with unfamiliar individuals. Viability Assessment is a critical component embedded within a human rights and legal framework, ensuring every child's right to safe and nurturing care is upheld.

Identifying and Assessing Potential Carers

Social workers, in collaboration with parents, prioritize identifying potential carers within the child's network of family and friends. This process involves carefully considering each 'connected person'—be it a relative, friend, or someone with a pre-existing relationship with the child. The goal is to determine whether they can provide safe care to meet the child's needs until adulthood.

Viability Assessment: The Initial Phase of Carer Evaluation

The Viability Assessment represents the initial phase in evaluating potential carers. Conducted by the allocated social worker, it may involve assessing several family members or friends to ensure the most suitable carer is identified for the child. Given the significance of these assessments, they must be thorough and give due consideration to the carer's ability to meet the child's needs. Any decision made during this phase must be substantiated with clear evidence, especially if it concludes that the potential carer cannot meet the child's needs.

Future-Oriented and Comprehensive Evaluation

In conducting a Viability Assessment, both the current and anticipated future needs of the child are taken into account. The assessment critically explores the question: 'Could the potential family or friend, with support, be able to cater to this child’s needs?' It also assesses the feasibility of the child living with the potential carer permanently, considering arrangements such as a Special Guardianship Order, ensuring a stable and secure future for the child.

At the heart of the Viability Assessment process is the commitment to ensuring that every child is provided with the opportunity for a safe, loving, and stable environment. Through careful planning, Tissue Viability Assessment, and Viability Assessment Planning, we strive to ensure that the right carer is found for each child, enhancing their well-being and future prospects.

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