What tools and processes do Practitioners use with children?
Practitioners use tools such as the Wellbeing indicators, which includes the eight Wellbeing Indicators.
These are areas in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future.
Safe – protected from abuse, neglect or harm.
Healthy – having the best possible standards of physical and mental health; support to make healthy, safe choices.
Achieving – accomplishing goals and thereby boosting skills, confidence and self-esteem; ‘being all they can be’.
Nurtured – having a loving and stimulating place to live and grow.
Active – having opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities.
Respected – being enabled to understand their world, being given a voice, being listened to, and being involved in the decisions that affect their wellbeing.
Responsible – taking an active role within their home, school and community.
Included – being a full member of the communities in which they live and learn; receiving help and guidance to overcome inequalities.
Use the wellbeing indicators and carefully consider the situation by asking five questions:
- What is getting in the way of this child’s wellbeing?
- Do I have all the information I need to help this child?
- What can I do now to help this child?
- What can my agency do to help this child?
- What additional help, if any, may be needed from others?
You may then require to go on and use the other tools within the Practice Model i.e. My World Triangle and Resilience Matrix.
Wellbeing assessments should be carried out appropriately and proportionately to the needs of the child.