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How to fill out a Child Status Index Form [VIDEO]

How to fill out a Child Status Index Form [VIDEO]

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In this section, you’ll be learning about the Child Status Index (CSI) and how it can help you in your engagement with children and families. The placement and protection of children though is more advanced then what the CSI is suitable for. With that in mind, our partners at SFAC provide the following guidance on the CSI before you jump into learning the tool from Agape Children’s Ministry.

When to use the Child Status Index

The Child Status Index has become widely used in children’s work but it is important to understand when it should be used and not used. As with any tool, if we mis-use it, we can cause unintended harm that can endanger children’s welfare and safety.
The tool was designed by MEASURE evaluation as an early community based assessment tool to identify families in need of support in a defined local area. The tool helps untrained community workers consider the key needs of a family and where a family may need support. It then measures the impact of an organisations response to that need by reviewing the families needs a month or so later. For example, if a child is receiving a poor diet and has health needs which cannot be met without external support (finance or access to health facilities), the organisational response can be measured by reassessing the child in a month, three months or six months, to see if progress has been made through
the organisations response to improving the child and families diet and access to healthcare. The tools also enables children and families to receive individualised support.
For this purpose the CSI is a family support assessment and plan. It is a preventative and supportive intervention. It should be done with a families consent.


CSI weaknesses and Child Protection / Carer Assessments

CSI tool was not designed as a child protection assessment tool, or as a tool to assess the suitability and safety of a potential carer(s): (for example; reunification assessments, or assessments for prospective foster carers, kinship carers, guardians or adoptive parents). For those assessments much more detail is required. This is because the impact on the child of the decision you make are significant and require us to have looked at all risks, strengths and vulnerabilities. We need to look in-depth at parenting/carers skills, experiences, circumstances, vulnerabilities, risks and strengths; we need to the child needs and how these can be met consistently and safely by the parent/carer, and we need to review the environment that may impact on the parenting of the child (income, housing, employment, community resources, family and friend resources, community safety).
The decisions and the consequence of the decision, require more intensive understanding of the situation, what is impacting the situation and what degree of risk, strengths, protective factors and vulnerabilities exist. This is above the CSI tool.

Advice on using the CSI Tool:

● Providing Family Support Services in the community – yes
● Providing an initial assessment in the community to identify a child at possible risk of harm – yes

● Assessing if a child is at risk of harm – no
● Completing a child protection assessment – no
● Assessing a potential kinship carer – no
● Assessing a parent for reunification – no
● Assessing a potential foster carer – no
● Assessing a potential guardian or adoptive parent – no

In this sample 📹 video lesson, we will learn how to utilize the CSI tool to assess the child’s status and record actions that have been taken. This tool enables us to be effective and responsible in responding to each of the needs a child may have.

In collaboration with Agape Childrens Ministry in Kenya, 1MILLIONHOME has created free online training in Family Reunification. If this was helpful, register to attend the complete Journey Home training here.