Course - Workshop

Assessment, Analysis and Intervention in Child Protection Cases 

A two day workshop

29-30 September, 2018


Assessment and Analysis

The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF) was developed for use following the gathering of evidence-based information about the child and family in situations where there are concerns a child is or is likely to be suffering significant harm.1The SAAF has been translated into Turkish by Professor Dr Sezen Zeytinoglu, Duygu Gungor, Mehmet Akif Guzel, Isil Coklar, Elcin Baykal and Fulya Aydin.

The SAAF supports analysis of information obtained during an assessment of the child’s developmental needs, parent’s/carers capacity to meet their needs within the wider family and environmental context. It requires an analysis of the: 

  • profile of harm to the child and/or the risk of future harm to the child for example the severity of harm suffered by the child and its impact on their health and development and the extensiveness of the difficulties being experienced by the parents;
  • the likely outlook for the child if nothing changes; and
  • prospects for successful intervention which involves parental child-centredness, modifiability of parenting behaviours and parental capacity to cooperate with professionals.

 The SAAF helps professionals evidence their recommendations about future interventions in the interests of the child and their health and development, and measure child outcomes.

 In 2012 the Department for Education, England published a research report that concluded the SAAF was the only tool which incorporated an assessment of the family’s ‘capacity to change’ and ‘how success or otherwise might be gauged’.2

The SAAF has been evaluated in a study conducted in six local authorities England to establish whether it improves decision making about plans for children who have suffered harm. Although the research drew no clear conclusions about the efficacy of the SAAF, nevertheless across all local authorities a markedly lower proportion of referred children became the subject of a child protection plan in the intervention group compared with the control group.3


The Hope for Children and Families (HfCF) Intervention Resources uses a modular approach to intervention when working to both prevent and modify abusive or neglectful parenting and its impact on children's health and development. These resources are underpinned by knowledge of the most effective evidence-based forms of intervention to prevent or address child physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to violence.

The approach is also informed by the known personal and interpersonal components of intervention – alliance, client motivation and practitioner factors – which are common to all interventions. These components contribute to treatment outcomes to a significant extent by establishing a sense of hopefulness – a significant factor in recovery. The findings from all the relevant research were integrated and underpinned the development of a series of intervention guides for practitioners.4

This workshop will present the basic approach and, using a video case study (with Turkish sub titles), will provide an opportunity for learning how to use the model, and an understanding how this modular approach can be utilised to develop a plan of intervention, establish collaborative goals, and establish a program of work involving the agency, children, parents, and the social network.

Take-Away Skills 

Participants will be:

  • helped to appreciate the value of evidenced based practice
  • introduced to approaches to assess the functioning of children living in a context of trauma and family violence including the child’s health and development, parenting capacity, family history and functioning and the wider family and environmental factors; and
  • introduced to approaches to plan and deliver interventions to bring about change in the child’s situation and measure the outcome.

1 Bentovim, A., Cox, A., Bingley Miller, L., Pizzey, S. and Tapp, S. (2014) The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework. York: Child and Family Training. Available in English and Turkish at

2 Barlow J., Fisher J.D. and Jones D. (2012) Systematic Review of Models of Significant Harm. London: Department for Education.

3 Macdonald, G., Lewis, J., Ghate, D., Gardner, E., Adams, C. and Kelly, G. (2017) Evaluation of the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF). London: Department for Education.

4 Bentovim, A., and Elliott, I. (2014) ‘Hope for children and families: Targeting abusive parenting and the associated impairment of children’. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology 1, 16, 270–285; Bentovim, A. and Gray, J. (eds) (2015) Eradicating Child Maltreatment. Evidence-Based Approaches to prevention and Intervention across Services. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Bentovim, A. and Gray, J. (eds) (2016; 2017) Hope for Children and Families. Building on strengths, overcoming difficulties. York: Child and Family Training.