When assessment, planning and action are needed, practitioners can draw on the Getting it right for every child National Practice Model, which can be used in a single or multi-agency context, and:
- provides a framework for practitioners and agencies to structure and analyse information consistently so as to understand a child or young person’s needs, the strengths and pressures on them, and consider what support they might need
- defines needs and risks as two sides of the same coin. It promotes the participation of children, young people and their families in gathering information and making decisions as central to assessing, planning and taking action
- provides a shared understanding of a child or young person’s needs by identifying concerns that may need to be addressed.
The National Practice Model is a dynamic and evolving process of assessment, analysis, action and review, and a way to identify outcomes and solutions for individual children or young people. It allows practitioners to meet the Getting it right for every child core values and principles by being appropriate, proportionate and timely.
It is not intended or designed to replace existing methodologies but it does contain the key elements of a single planning process that should in turn lead to a single child’s plan. As such, it can be used as a ‘common tool’ alongside and in conjunction with other processes and assessment tools.
It is a way for all agencies and workers who support children, young people and their families to begin to develop a common language within a single framework, enabling more effective inter- and intra-agency working.
Routine information needs to be recorded using the National Practice Model, in the same way as information recorded for children or young people who may need additional help. Information recorded in universal agency systems may become critical in understanding a child or young person’s journey when he or she needs either enhanced single-agency or multi-agency support. This routine information may be of immense value in assessing a child’s additional needs.
Using the National Practice Model in this consistent way allows practitioners in any agency or organisation to construct a plan and take appropriate action. It also allows for regular and consistent reviewing of the plan.