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Children Services Abuse:
Core Assessment
18 May 2011
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This is the Core Assessment Report which was hastily concocted and sent to the wrong person.  It states it was completed within the designated time but the evidence is that it was a botch job of cutting and pasting from the Initial Assessment to justify their lack of communication with the Hooks.  It is a dreadful document and if this is the professional standard of the Children Services then they should be severely overhauled or disbanded.


Sumshire
COUNTY COUNCIL


Core Assessment

Sumshire County Council


Child/Young Person's Name

Date of Birth

Current Address

Home Address

Assessment Type

Assessment Start Date
Helen Tallulah Hook

31/01/1994

80 Haslet Road, Biston, AZ1 1ZA

As above

Childrens Core Assessment

15/09/2010


Children Services diagram


The information in this report was based on the information available on 14/03/2011







CORE ASSESSMENT RECORD

Child/Young Person's Details
Family Name: Hook Given Name/s: Helen Tallulah
Date of Birth: 31/01/1994 ICS Client ID: 999999
Address: 80 Haslet Road, Biston, AZ1 1ZA
Telephone No.: 01234 567890
E-Mail Address:
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: White-British Religion: Other
Client Category: C - Family Dysfunction
Date(s) Child & Family Members Seen/Interviewed
Date Name Relationship with the child Child seen
during
interview?
Child
seen
alone?
19/10/2010 Miss Helen Tallulah
Hook
Self yes yes
15/10/2010 Miss Helen Tallulah
Hook
Self yes yes
12/10/2010 Miss Helen Tallulah
Hook
Self yes no
23/09/2010 Miss Helen Tallulah
Hook
Self yes no
Current Involvements with the Child/Family
Details concerning a Core Assessment
Reason(s) for undertaking
the Core Assessment:
Helen is the child of Dave and Marion Hook. The couple have been divorced for a number of years, and following a series of Private Law Hearings Helen was placed in Mr Hook's care.

Helen currently resides with her father Dave Hook in a property belonging to her paternal grandfather, who also lives in the household with Helen's paternal grandmother, and a cousin named Ben. They have lived in this property for the last two and a half years.

Children's Services received a referral on 06/09/10 from nursing staff at Biston Hospital with concerns for Helen when she was admitted to the gynaecological ward with stomach pains an Initial Assessment was completed which highlighted the need for a more detailed Core Assessment.
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  Family members have co-operated with the assessment process, although there has been some reluctance, and missed appointments. Helen had initially indicated that she would undertake some one to one work with the assessor as part of the Core Assessment, however in reality was reluctant to leave the family home.

Mr Hook has complained about the content of the Initial Assessment and a response is being prepared.

An Initial Assessment was completed by Dave Scott of Sumshire Children's Services in August 2009, after her mother expressed concerns about Helen's failure to access education and the impact that living in her father's care was having on her well being.
Date Core Assessment started:     15/09/2010
Date Core Assessment ended:     02/11/2010
The Government Objectives for Children's Social Services (1999) requires the core assessment to be completed within 35 working days of the start date. S47 enquires should be undertaken as part of a core assessment (para 5.33 of Working Together 1999). Therefore a core assessment should begin at the same time that a S47 enquiry is initiated.

1 - DISABILITY OR COMMUNICATION NEED
1 - Where a child/parent has a disability, or where they have specific communication needs, what actions have been take to address this i.e. use of an interpreter or a signer, or an advocate to ascertain the child's/parents views.  
 

2 - CHILDS DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS
1 - Health  
  Helen is registered with the Maladrot surgery, and was referred to Biston hospital on 03/09/10 via the emergency out of hours service at the surgery as she was complaining of severe abdominal pain and nausea. Nursing staff state that Helen would not allow any medical staff to examine her, and refused xrays and scans, so a diagnosis was not made until 5/09/10. This was suspected appendicitis which the consultant wanted to treat with intravenous antibiotics. There was some concern from hospital staff regarding the levels of distress Helen displayed with regards to receiving intravenous medication, however this was resolved and intravenous antibiotics were given. Helen was discharged from the ward on 10/09/10, with an outpatient's appointment for 6 weeks later.

Mr Hook and Helen both state that there was no refusal of treatment from Helen as indicated by ward staff, Mr Hook states that rather she felt distressed around feeling pressurised into having a canular without information regarding all available options.
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  Helen herself stated that she had advised nursing staff that she did not want to take painkillers as she was able to cope with the pain. Helen has stated that since her experience at Biston hospital she does not want to return, and has discussed with her father the options of attending an alternative hospital should the need arise.

2 - Education  
  Helen has not been in full time education for some time, which has perhaps lead to a decrease in confidence when engaging with her peers, as well as limiting the development of her academic potential. Mr Hook states that while Helen is academically bright, and she passed the exams to attend Biston High School, she has some 'difficulty' in attending school, relating to her emotional behaviour and struggles with meeting new people and 'authority figures'; to the point where non attendance at school was anywhere between one and four days per week. Reintegration packages were put in place however the relationship between the school and Helen deteriorated, whereby Mr Hook decided to remove Helen from Biston High School. A placement at the hospital school was arranged however Helen's request to be able to contact her father in order to leave school at any given time if she felt distressed was not felt to be appropriate by staff; therefore subsequently no placement within the school was undertaken.

As a result of Helen's mother making persistent complaints regarding Helen's lack of education, Mr Hook decided that he would educate Helen at home. He has however admitted that he 'won't pretend I educate her', rather leaving her to her interests of writing and fashion design rather than taking on any teaching role. Helen did enrol on the ESOS course at Biston College this year, however given her academic ability has not been finding this challenging. As a result the college have had some concerns about attendance, which they feel has been sporadic. Cherry Poorson at Biston College has expressed concerns regarding attendance, as well as Helen's persistent complaints of feeling unwell and 'weak'.

Helen has talked of struggling to find the motivation to attend the course as she does not feel she is learning anything new. Helen is now due to commence the GCSE course at the college from 1 November 2010 which will enable her to gain 5 GCSE qualifications. She states that she is looking forward to this as she will be learning new things which will be more challenging. I feel that ongoing attendance on this course will be extremely beneficial for Helen in terms of gaining qualifications, reaching her full potential academically and integration with her peers.

3 - Identity  
  Helen is a white British child who is resident in a household with her father, paternal grandfather and cousin. Helen has been able to demonstrate her individuality and personality in choice of clothes and developing interests. She has chosen herself not to have contact with her mother, and holds an extremely negative view of her. As there is no contact with her mother, Helen has no positive female role models, and is aware of this issue herself. Helen is of the opinion that she is acceptant of herself and has stated that she does not have a 'negative self image', however she recognises she can be reluctant to face certain difficulties in her life however she feels this can be a self preserving mechanism.
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4 - Emotional and Behavioural Development  
  Helen talks a great deal of her distress at the difficult separation of her parents, and how she feels her mother has attempted to 'make life difficult in any way possible' for herself and her father subsequently. It is clear that there are some emotional difficulties for Helen around this subject and resulting from it; of which one of the main issues is her distressed responses to stress and change. Helen has described herself as 'emotionally weak' and a person who becomes distressed or feels ill in situations where she does not feel in control, and she also states that she tends to 'panic' on the inside. I have suggested counselling in order to deal with these issues, however Helen has declined this service, as she feels she has not always found previous counselling sessions helpful. Both Helen and Mr Hook have spoken of a referral to CAMHS previously in August 2009 where sessions were not continued when a member of staff left.

Helen has spoken to me with regards to her disordered sleeping patterns which impact on her routine, wellbeing and motivation to do things; however she has stated that there is no pint in seeking further advice around it as she currently has nothing to get up for. She has declined suggestions of speaking to her GP regarding this, and states that to a certain degree her sleeping patterns make living in a household where relationships with other family members are strained 'easier' as she is usually awake when her grandparents are asleep.

Helen has herself stated to me that there is room for change in her life, as she feels she is not currently being the best she can. We discussed her suggestion that she may like to participate in dance or karate classes, however she has not yet researched this idea.

5 - Family and Social Relationships  
  Helen's father was granted sole residency of her in 2004 following what was termed a very distressing separation from her mother. Helen reportedly had regular contact with her mother as directed by the court for a short period, however this soon fizzled out by Helen's own choice. Helen now has very little contact with her mother, which usually extends to a gift at Christmas. Helen resides with her father in a the home of her paternal grandparents, which both Helen and her father report to be extremely strained.

Helen and her father have rooms on the top floor of the large house where Helen spends most of her time, and also makes use of a guest bedroom as a sitting room so that they do not have to socialise with her grandparents. Helen states that her grandfather is 'Master' of the house which makes it feel more like a hotel where they stay rather than a home where they live. Helen spends some time with her older cousin who also resides in the household, and has some contact with the wider family.

Helen's relationship with her father is described by Helen as a role reversal of what society expects, in that the father's role is more what is expected from a mother in that he provides emotional support and spends alot of time with Helen plus he was granted custody of Helen after the divorce of her parents. This she feels is in contrast to the role of her mother whom she states she has memories of being afraid of, and who is currently absent from her life.
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  Both Helen and Mr Hook have on more than one occasion presented to me their views that there is prejudice in society towards single fathers in terms of a child being brought up solely by her father; with Mr Hook feeling that 'people can make pejorative suggestions, insinuations, allusions and accusations' about their close relationship. The observations of the Connexions worker at Biston College is that the relationship between Mr Hook and Helen is 'intense' with Mr Hook 'controlling' conversation when Helen is present. During my sessions with both Helen and Mr Hook this has also been the case, whereby Mr Hook has appeared to dominate discussion with particularly derogatory comments about Helen's mother, and leaving little room for Helen to interject.
Helen has stated herself that she is a 'hermit', isolated from her peers and the outside world. She has some close friends in Sumbury where she used to reside however she does not have regular contact because of the distance in location. Mr Hook gave a portrayal of Helen where she found it difficult to relate to peers and 'doesn't like to engage with people'. In light of this I was surprised at how open and eager to speak with me Helen appeared, however Helen did state that she loved to talk to people but does not get the opportunity. It is clear that Helen is more comfortable conversing with adults than persons of her own age, and she has stated that she feels that people her own age have 'yet to mature'. On discussing making friends in Biston, Helen states that she finds it hard to trust people as they keep being 'torn away' from her; and that she does not want to make new friends as she already has some where she used to reside in Sumbury. I discussed with Helen how we could improve the situation and reduce further social isolation for her, however she felt that there was no need for support in this area, as it may be possible for her to integrate with peers as part of the college course starting in November.

6 - Social Presentation  
  Helen was more than willing to engage with me, and in fact seemed to enjoy having someone to speak to. She is an articulate and clearly highly intelligent young person, which is displayed through her use of language and level of self awareness.

7 - Self Care Skills  
  Helen has appropriate self care and hygiene skills for her age.

Childs Developmental Needs Summary:
There is a clear need for Helen to engage in sustained attendance at Biston in college, in order for her to develop her academic ability further. The removal of Helen from school and her peer group have clearly impacted on her self esteem, confidence with others, and motivation to physically leave the home address to attend college and other activities. Helen has stated that she is looking forward to commencing the GCSE course however she also established a reason very early on as to why she may not be able to attend the first cay of the course.

NEEDS:

3 - PARENTING CAPACITY
1 - Basic Care  
  Helen is at an age where she is able to meet her own basic care needs.

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2 - Ensuring Safety  
  Helen is not at risk of harm from any person or issue within the household. There are concerns regarding her emotional wellbeing however discussion around this with Helen has lead to her decline of offered services.

3 - Emotional Warmth  
  Helen and Mr Hook clearly have a close relationship, however Mr Hook's emotional responses to Helen as well as his removal of her from school seem to have reinforced her own emotional behaviour in terms of separation anxiety and her reactions to stress and change.

4 - Stimulation  
  Mr Hooks removal of Helen from school and lack of guidance in home education mean that Helen has been left to her own devices. Helen has had access to the internet where she spends a lot of her time, and has also spent time creative writing and designing; however there has been a lack of educational stimulation in the past. Hopefully this will be rectified on regular attendance of the GCSE course at Biston college from November.

5 - Guidance and Boundaries  
  Helen states that there are not any particular boundaries in place in the home, more an 'understanding' of respect for others. Helen states that she has never been physically chastised by her father, stating that their disagreements are usually resolved through 'heated debate' where they can voice their frustrations.

6 - Stability  
  Helen and Mr Hook have moved around on several occasions since the relationship breakdown between Mr and Mrs Hook. This has lead Helen to be removed from an environment familiar to her, including her family home, school and peers. Despite residing in Biston for some two and a half years Helen does not seem to have settled here. Instead she is hopeful that the option of returning to Sumbury will increase stability, confidence and happiness in her life. As Mr Hook is not currently in receipt of an income it will be difficult for the family to move at the present time.

Parenting Capacity Summary:

4 - PARENT / CARER PROFILE
1 - Physical Illness No
   

2 - Mental Illness No

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3 - Physical Disability No
   

4 - Learning Disability No
   

5 - Sensory Impairment No
   

6 - Period in care during childhood No
   

7 - Experience of being abused as a child  
  Mr Hook has spoken of the difficulties living in the home of his parents because of experiences in his childhood.

8 - Known history of abuse of children No
   

9 - Known history of violence  
  There were several referrals to Children's Services in Sumbury relating to alleged incidents of domestic abuse between Mr and Mrs Hook, however none were investigated further, and Mr Hook states that his ex wife was particularly manipulative of character.

10 - Problem drinking / drug misuse No
   

11 - Other (please specify) No
   

Social Worker's summary of how the above attributes impact on the parents'/carers' capacities to respond appropriately to their child/young persons's needs:

NEEDS:

5 - FAMILY AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

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1 - Family History and Functioning  
  Helen's father was granted sole residency of her in 2004 following what is termed a very distressing separation from her mother.

2 - Wider Family  
  Helen and her father reside in the home of Helen's paternal grandparents however both state that relationships are very strained, and therefore Helen spends most of her time in her bedroom.

3 - Housing  
  Helen have moved around a considerable amount over the last 6years, and came to Biston in 2008. They currently reside in the house of Mr Hook's parents.

4 - Employment  
  Mr Hook states he is a software engineer by trade as well as an 'abstract film maker' however he is not currently in employment. I have discussed with Mr Hook the options of claiming benefits in order to receive a steady income while looking for work and eligibility for Housing Benefit.

5 - Income  
  Mr Hook does not currently receive any income unless he partakes in freelance work; however he states this is irregular.

6 - Family's Social Integration  
  Both Helen and her father are socially isolated, spending most of their time in their respective rooms in the paternal grandparents home. This has lead to little or no integration with peers for Helen, who states that she finds it difficult to trust people, and does not want to make new friends in Biston.

7 - Community Resources  
  There is easy access to all local resources in Biston.

Family and Environmental Factors Summary

NEEDS:

1 - Has the report been discussed with the parents/main carers. If no, when will this be done No
  When authorised by Manager

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2 - Did the parents/main carers refuse to discuss the report. No
   

FAMILIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
1 - When was the complaints procedure provided or explained  
   

2 - When was information on access to records provided or explained  
   

3 - When was other relevant / available information provided or explained  
   

ANALYSIS OF THE INFORMATION GATHERED DURING THE CORE ASSESSMENT
During my involvement with Mr Hook and Helen there was a willingness to engage, however the focus of our joint sessions appeared to be dominated by Mr Hook's depiction of his relationship with his ex partner, whereby the impact of this on Helen was not always at the forefront of the discussion. Mr Hook did seem to have difficulty in reconciling the fact that I needed to ascertain Helen's views and wishes as part of my assessment, and he did question me as to why this was necessary. During my sessions with Helen alone she appeared very happy to engage in discussions with me around all manner of topics including that of her mother and was very articulate in her opinions.

Helen is clearly a very intelligent young person, who is self aware, and recognises that she faces certain difficulties in relation to her emotional behaviour, education and social interaction with peers. I feel that she would benefit from pastoral support within the college setting in order that she has consistent attendance and is able to fulfil her potential academically. I have also discussed at length with Helen the merits of counselling through a service such as CAMHS or similar, and the need for her to attempt to engage in social activities outside the home. However, given Helen's age and much discussion however her ultimate decline of services which have been offered in order to help address these issues, it is clear that there is no further role for Children's Services.

PARENTS'/CARERS' COMMENTS:

CHILD/YOUNG PERSON'S COMMENTS:

Name and Signature of Social Worker completing Core Assessment
Obelix Mahjong   Signature:  

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Date: 02/11/2010
Allocated to/Team: Childrens Biston
Name and Signature of Team Manager
Signature:  
Date:  

End of Report






































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