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Assessing Parenting and a Child’s Environment using the HOME Inventory

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The Home Observation and Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Caldwell and Bradley (1984; 2003) has been extensively utilised across clinical and research contexts and provides a validated and reliable measure of parenting capacity which can be utilised in a wide range of assessments and provide a measure of change. 

This one day Masterclass will provide practitioners with; tools to explore the child or young person’s experiences in their home environment; the skills to administer the 24-hour interview; guidance on how to score the HOME and make a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the child or young person’s experience of care in their home environment; an evidential basis for planning interventions and measuring outcomes.

Key learning objectives:
Participants will learn how to:

  • use evidence-based approaches to assess children and their families
  • score the HOME and identify strengths and difficulties
  • use the 24-hour interview to understand the child’s perspective
  • understand the child’s experience of care and the nature and variety of the child’s day-to-day experiences
  • enable the voice of the child to be heard in assessments
  • make use of knowledge from current research
  • involve children and young people in collaborative discussions
  • develop their direct observation, interviewing and recording skills and techniques
  • understand the parenting capacity of the child’s caregivers
  • gather information on the child’s development, parenting capacity, and family and environmental factors
  • use the HOME with the Assessment Framework.

Facilitated by:
Stephen Pizzey is an expert witness and undertakes a range of independent social work assessments in care proceedings, reports in actions for damages against local authorities including cases of historical abuse and prepares Serious Case Reviews under Working Together to Safeguard Children. Stephen has been a practising social worker in the field of child care since 1976. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Training. He was the Head of the Social Work Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and shared responsibility for child protection at the hospital. He has been the Independent Chair of an Area Child Protection Committee and held a part time position as a lecturer in social work. Stephen delivers training both in the UK & internationally. He co-wrote the training manuals for delivering training on

  • Assessing Parenting and the Family Life of Children using Standardised Assessment Tools (A Training Manual for the HOME Inventory - UK Approach and the Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales)
  • Assessing Families in Complex Child Care Cases using the Family Assessment and
  • the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework.

Together with Professor Antony Cox, Stephen led the development of The HOME Inventory Guide for Practitioners – the UK Approach (Cox, Pizzey and Walker, 2008; 2009) which revised The HOME Inventory: A training approach for the UK (Cox and Walker 2002) and included the 10-14 and Disability adapted versions of the HOME Inventory.

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