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Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) - Graded Care Profile2

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.Anyone involved in evaluating the quality of care (in neglect) and can get access to the home and observe care can use the GCP2. This includes for example, social workers, family support workers, teachers and home school link workers. Also, Health staff. Parents and young people themselves.

How do I access the Training?

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Who can use the Graded Care Profile Assessment Tool?

  • The GCP2 supports practitioners to work with parents to highlight strengths and weaknesses and also to identify what needs to be changed.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nicky Walsh
Contact Position
Project Lead
Telephone
E-mail
Nicky.walsh@liverpool.gov.uk
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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