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The aim of this course is to offer participants the opportunity to explore recent research into child development and its application to assessment; taking account of findings from serious case reviews and current research.

Who is Using an Understanding of Child Development in Child Care Assessments aimed at?

All those involved in child care assessments

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Understand the developmental stages and transitions experienced by children and young people and be able to use this knowledge to appropriately assess and meet children’s needs
  • Understand the way in which the child’s brain develops and how brain development and brain chemistry is affected by close relationships
  • Develop knowledge of language development and its subsequent impact on cognitive development
  • Understand the factors that influence child development, including parenting styles, the environment and the community within which a child is living
  • Reflect on the importance of considering family history and functioning in relation to assessment
  • Develop an understanding of the process of making a professional judgement in the assessment process
  • Practice child observation skills and understand importance as stated in Serious Case Reviews
  • Understand the relevance of this knowledge to the assessment framework and care planning
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of parenting capacity on child development, particularly in relation to substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health
  • Create a plan to take into the work environment using new knowledge and skills gained.

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