DescriptionShortcomings in the assessment of parenting capacity within child welfare have been a consistent feature in many serious case reviews of severe child maltreatment. In response, a team of academics at Queen’s University Belfast developed the Building Better Futures model for assessing and enhancing parenting capability when children are in need of support or protection (Houston, 2014; Houston, Montgomery, MacDonald, 2019). The aim was to build capacity, initiate change and transform practice within statutory child welfare social work practice in Northern Ireland. The model, and accompanying resources for practitioners, were developed and evaluated through an iterative, collaborative process involving sustained partnership between academics, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers. The model itself synthesises theoretical and research knowledge with practitioner insight. Front line social workers were deeply embedded in the process of development and evaluation, as learners and architects of the model, and later as trainers, change agents and mentors. The final iteration of the model has now been implemented across the region and is embedded in core training for all new statutory child welfare social workers. The Masterclass considered what is involved in parenting, gave an overview of the Building Better Futures model for assessing and enhancing parenting capability, and reviewed the project design which explicitly sought to build capacity and the co-creation of knowledge within the critical area of child protection.
|Period||23 Oct 2019|
|Event title||University of Sydney Masterclass - Assessing and Enhancing Parenting Capacity: null|
|Location||Sydney, Australia, New South Wales|
|Degree of Recognition||International|