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Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) - Graded Care Profile 2

Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) - Graded Care Profile 2

Graded Care Profile (GCP2) and Neglect Identifying, assessing and monitoring neglect can be difficult, it can subjective and prone to bias. Neglect can be complex, sometimes intergenerational, and is difficult to capture and compare.

Neglect was the most common category of abuse for child protection plans (CPPs) in England (25,330 children at 31 March 2019).

What is Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)? The Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) is a practical tool which supports practitioners in objectively measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual parent/carer over a short window of time and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care and a qualitative measure of the commitment shown by parent/carer in meeting their children’s developmental needs. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window.

How can The Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) Tool help practitioners? The tool is called Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) because different aspects of family life are 'graded' on a scale of 1 to 5. Questions are broken down into 4 areas:

  • Physical; such as quality of food, clothes, health, hygiene and housing.
  • Safety; such as how safe the home is, online safety and road safety.
  • Emotional; such as the relationship between the parent/carer and child.
  • Developmental; such as if a child is encouraged to learn and if they a praised.

The GCP2 supports practitioners to work with parents to highlight strengths and needs and identify what needs to be changed, by working out what parents can do better and what strengths they have it is easier for the person working with a family to get them the right support to improve the life of the child. The tool supports our strengths based approach to working with families.

Who can use the tool? Anyone involved in evaluating the quality of care (in neglect), who have access to the home and can observe care and interactions or who are part of an multi-agency team can use the GCP2 as long as they have completed the training and are licensed to use the tool for example; Social workers, Family Support Workers, Teachers, Health Visitors, Housing Officers, Home School Link Workers etc. Parents and Young People can also use the tool.

Training is currently being adapted into a ‘virtual offer’ and will be available to all professionals working with children, young people and their families very soon!! If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the virtual GCP2 training please email: kate.bright@liverpool.gov.uk

GCP2 has been rigorously evaluated and has been found to be reliable and valid. It can be used in the knowledge that it has sound psychometric properties, and is a reliable and valid assessment tool in aiding practitioners in the assessment of child neglect. The inter-rater reliability test ensures that when two different people undertake the GCP2 at different times their findings can confidently be compared. This means that GCP2 can be used across all areas of the safeguarding continuum.

 

Liverpool Neglect Screening Tool

The purpose of this Neglect Screening Tool is to equip frontline practitioners to:

  • Identify signs of neglect at an early stage,
  • Be alerted to the need for further action and or/assessment, for example, Graded Care Profile 2, EHAT
  • Support multi agency working Identify which agency/organisation/practitioner will progress further assessment/intervention as needed.
  • To use the tool    
  • Only complete the parts of the tool you are certain about. If you are unsure about completing the assessment seek appropriate help within your organisation.
  • In order to complete this tool it is essential that you are able to evidence the reasons why you have highlighted concerns for any of the factors indicated.
  • The tool is designed to be applicable to all ages of children and should help you identify Neglect and associated factors across all age ranges.
  • The tool is intended to complement existing tools eg. Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT), Child Exploitation (CSE, CE) or other screening/assessment tools and should be used accordingly.
  • The Neglect Screening Tool should be used by front line practitioners within all partner agencies as a means to quickly identify areas of concern which may indicate a child/young person is being neglected. Whilst using this tool, your focus should remain on the child and not the parent.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nicky Walsh
Contact Position
Project Lead
Telephone

E-mail
Nicky.walsh@liverpool.gov.uk
Website
https://liverpoolscp.org.uk/.../graded-care-profile-v2
Notes

What is the Graded Care Profile?

Child Neglect is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment in the UK and is the most common reason for a child to be subject to a child protection plan nationally. Neglect is also a feature in 60% of Serious Case Reviews nationally.

The link between poverty and neglect has been well established. In recent years increased austerity and welfare reforms have had an impact on children and families as evidenced by an increase in the number of children on CP plans under the category of neglect.

Assessing Neglect can be difficult, it can be subjective and prone to bias. Neglect can be complex and is sometimes intergenerational. It is also difficult to capture and compare.

The Graded Care Profile (GCP version 2) is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window.

 

How can The Graded Care Profile Assessment Tool help practitioners?

The tool is called Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) because different aspects of family life are 'graded' on a scale of 1 to 5. Questions are broken down into 4 areas:

  • physical, such as quality of food, clothes and health
  • safety, such as how safe the home is and if the child knows about things like road safety
  • emotional, such as the relationship between the carer and child
  • developmental, such as if a child is encouraged to learn and if they a praised for doing something good.By working out what parents can do better, it's easier for the person working with a family to get them the right support to improve the life of their child.

Who can use the Graded Care Profile Assessment Tool?

GCP2 has been rigorously evaluated and has been found to be reliable and valid. It can be used in the knowledge that it has sound psychometric properties, and is a reliable and valid assessment tool in aiding practitioners in the assessment of child neglect. The inter-rater reliability test ensures that when two different people undertake the GCP2 at different times their findings can confidently be compared. This means that GCP2 can be used across all areas of the safeguarding continuum.

 

How do I access the Training?

Professionals must be specially trained to use the tool. All practitioners using the GCP2 must have attended and passed the licensed training programme which is being be rolled out in Liverpool by our team of Licensed GCP2 Trainers.

Training is available to all professionals working with children, young people and their families. To access the booking system click here

Where to go

Name
Various training venues across Liverpool

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Various dates and times as advertised

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
FREE

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