PAMs Assessments

Based on the PAMS (Parenting Assessment Manual Software) model of intervention, a skilled social worker works alongside senior family support staff to provide intensive assessment in the community, family centre or family home. The assessment takes place over extended periods (8 weeks to 12 weeks to be agreed by the LA) and our intervention is interactive with a strong emphasis on education. The assessments are generally geared towards parents/carers with a level of learning difficulty or specific additional needs. By spending extended periods with the family, assessors are able to identify whether any gap in parental capacity is able to be bridged in a time frame conducive to their child or children. Provision of a Mid Point Review Report provides early identification of strengths or deficits and offers the LA valuable safeguarding information should the assessment need to be suspended at that point. There would be no additional cost to the commissioner if the assessment was suspended.

We have commissioned CF Social Work over a number of years to undertake a variety of assessments. Without exception these have always been to a high standard and value for money . They have always provided reports on time even when at times the timeframe was pretty tight. From my experience I would have no hesitation in recommending them.Stefan Chapleo, Head of Referral Assessment & Safeguarding Children & Families Service, Children, Young People and Learning Directorate (CYPLD), London Borough of Sutton (2013)