The SCARF Assessment Model focuses on individual children using three Domains:
Research indicates that these 3 Domains are the key to a child's well-being. The diagram below shows the Domains as three sides of a triangle, which together make up the child’s world. In each Domain there are a number of corresponding Dimensions which will guide you to make an holistic assessment of the child and families needs.
An age related assessment (from unborn to 15+) is completed for each child/young person in a family according to the first 2 Domains:
This approach takes into account that children have individual needs and strengths and play a unique role within the family. The assessment for the third Domain;
is conducted for the whole family.
It is recommended good practice to complete the SCARF Child and Family Assessment within 6 weeks.
NB This does not prevent immediate family needs being attended to.
Last updated 11 August 2011