The initial assessment addresses three issues. These are:
- deciding whether the young person will receive any services
- the sort of services that may be needed
- whether a more detailed assessment (known as a core assessment) is needed.
An initial assessment may include interviews with the young person, the person being cared for and the rest of the immediate family, and information gathering from other agencies (the family doctor, teachers etc) where appropriate.
This could be followed by a 'core assessment' which is more in-depth. This would involve liaising with other agencies or individuals, who would contribute specialist knowledge or undertake specialist assessments.