Information sharing: Guidance for practitioners and managers
This guidance is for all practitioners who provide services to children, young people, adults and families, who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case-by-case basis. It is also for managers and advisors who support these practitioners in their decision making and for others with responsibility for information governance.
Across Birmingham there is a wealth of parenting activity. To help parents and practitioners find out how these parenting programmes are making a difference, the Family and Parenting Support service is recommending the use of a set of questionnaires. Although there are a number of questionnaires available which explore various aspects of child behaviour, parenting style, wellbeing and relationships, in Birmingham there is a recommended core data set:
- Family Background Questionnaire,
- Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), available in over 80 languages and free to download from www.sdqinfo.org
- Parenting Scale Propose
- Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS).
Substance Misuse Assessment Tool (SMAT)
The Substance Misuse Assessment Tool (SMAT) is designed to determine the level of substance misuse, associated risk and protective factors surrounding a young person and whether a referral to Lifeline is appropriate and, if so, which treatment pathway the young person is likely to access, either as Targeted or Specialist Treatment. SMAT training is designed to support non substance misuse professionals to appropriately screen young people and their level of risk, and provide practical tools and resources for professionals to use in substance misuse work in universal settings for young people who do not require specialist services. There are three SMAT tools available:
- Under 13 years
- 13 - 15 years
- Over 16 yrs
Please contact Lifeline Birmingham for training and details on how to obtain and use the SMAT forms.