Risk Assessments

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Abel Screening Abel Screening

Assessments that allow clinicians to perform pyschosexual evaluation that objectively measure the clents interests. Includes a sexual interest survey for adults (AASI-3), for boys and girls aged 12 - 17 (AASI-2) and assessment for individual with intellectual disabilities (ABID)

Action 4 Child Protection Action 4 Child Protection

Family Centered Practice and Child Safety Management With increasing prominence, family centered practice continues to influence CPS intervention in most child welfare agencies. Although family centered practice is promoted formally in agency mission statements and informally within organizational culture, it often is not well delineated with respect to its specific application in practice and decision making. In no area of intervention is enlisting caregivers as partners in the decision making process more critical than for the purpose of safety management. The essence of this partnership is to create an alliance with the caregiver in which both you and the family have a mutually vested interest in assuring the safety of the child

Action for Child Protection Action for Child Protection

The Protective Capacity Assessment: Addressing Threats to Child Safety within the Case PlanThis structured interactive assessment process is intended to build partnerships with caregivers to help identify and seek agreement regarding child safety and develop case plans that will effectively address caregiver protective capacities and child needs

Applied Research in Quality of Life Applied Research in Quality of Life

Positive Indicators of Child Well-Being: A Conceptual Framework, Measures, and Methodological Issues Applied Research in Quality of Life December 2011, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 425–449 This article suggests a comprehensive conceptual framework which identifies constructs for positive well-being as well as potential indicators and extant measures that fit with those constructs. In addition, the article reviews existing data sources for examples of positive measures that are found in the proposed framework as well as research studies that have been successful in measuring these indicators.

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Ohio Youth Problems, Functioning, and Satisfaction Scales (Ohio Scales) The Ohio Scales assess outcomes for youth ages 5 to 18 who receive mental health services.

Measurement Tools for Child Welfare Measurement tools for child welfare consist of both screening tools and assessment tools. The CEBC provides information on screening and assessment tools that may be commonly used by staff in the child welfare system in order to help child welfare agencies evaluate the research supporting each tool


Canadian Child Abuse Association Canadian Child Abuse Association

ONLINE Advanced Practice in Forensic Interviewing of Children CCAA is excited to announce a new evidence-based curriculum. This course consists of 14 modules, each requiring approximately 8 hours of study.


CCAA New online evidence-based curriculum 15 modules of the course ADVANCED PRACTICE IN FORENSIC INTERVIEWING OF CHILDREN


Youth Violence: Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools - Second Edition This compendium provides researchers and prevention specialists with a set of tools to assess violence-related beliefs, behaviors, and influences, as well as to evaluate programs to prevent youth violence.

Communities That Care Communities That Care

Risk and Protective Factor Scale Construction Summary This document provides a breakdown of the specific survey items that are used to cal culate each of these risk and protective factors. The scale construction inform ation is organized by domain (Community, Family, School and Peer and Individual).

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Risk and Protective Factor Scale Construction Summary This document provides a breakdown of the specific survey items that are used to cal culate each of these risk and protective factors. The scale construction inform ation is organized by domain (Community, Family, School and Peer and Individual).

Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

Decision-Making Matrix Decision-Making Matrix - This Risk Assessment Tool (for staff) Helps You Deal With Difficult Behavior Better Than Ever If you’ve had Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, or if you teach the program to your colleagues, you know which intervention to use and when. And now, the enhanced program features an additional tool to help assess risk and choose the safest response.

Crisis Response Planning Checklist [PDF] to assist you and your organization in designing clear and simple crisis response procedures

Department of Justice Canada Department of Justice Canada

Inventory of Spousal Violence Risk Assessment Tools Used in Canada (Revised 2013) The original objective of this project was to identify which (if any) spousal violence risk assessment tools are currently being usedby criminal justice personnel (e.g. police, corrections, probation officers)with the goal of preventing future risk andharm to victimsof spousal violencein Canada.


Self Assessment Sheet (SAS)
Developed to assess and follow over time self harm behaviour and associated issues. It can be used as both an assessment tool and a means to monitor any use of different coping skills with treatment over time.

John Hopkins School of Nursing John Hopkins School of Nursing

The Danger Assessment helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. It is free and available to the public. Using the Danger Assessment requires the weighted scoring and interpretation that is provided after completing the training. The Danger Assessment is available in a variety of languages.


CAFAS Online Reliability Training Quiz The CAFAS assesses the degree of impairment in youth with emotional, behavioral, or substance use symptoms/disorders across 8 critical life subscales. The CAFAS training quiz consists of 80 questions that cover each of these subscales, with 10 questions per subscale.

The Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory™ (YLS/CMI™) is a risk/needs assessment and a case management tool combined into one convenient system derived from the Level of Service Inventory–Revised™ (LSI–R™). The YLS/CMI helps probation officers, youth workers, psychologists, and social workers identify the youth’s major needs, strengths, barriers, and incentives; select the most appropriate goals for him or her; and produce an effective case management plan.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network NCTSN National Child Traumatic Stress Network NCTSN

Trauma-informed assessment Involves evaluating the ways in which a youth’s functioning might have been affected by the experience of trauma. There are three dimensions of trauma on which such an assessment might focus: a) whether a youth has been exposed to potentially traumatizing events; b) whether a youth displays symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress; and c) whether a youth meets the criteria for a formal diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as per the DSM-IV or ICD-10 diagnostic manual

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire (PESQ) The PESQ provides a quick, cost-effective way to screen 12- to 18-year-olds for substance abuse. In just 10 minutes, this brief self-report questionnaire identifies teenagers who should be referred for a complete chemical dependency evaluation

Northwest Counselling & Evaluation Services Northwest Counselling & Evaluation Services

Youth Comprehensive Risk Assessment (YCRA). This assessment utilizes two separate packets for each youth being assessed. The youth themselves will need to complete a “Youth Packet”, and either a parent or a helping professional will need to fill out a “Helping Professional Packet”.


Youth Assessment (YASI)
The Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI™) is an innovative model that assesses risk, needs and protective factors in youth populations. YASI™:

Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This checklist is intended for use by primary care providers, emergency department staff, and any professional providing mental health treatment, to include, but not be limited to, family physicians, general practitioners, pediatricians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists.

Cover Letter for Distribution to Practitioners

Suicide Prevention Communication Checklist Complete Document

Checklist Chart Copy

Checklist for Parents and Families

Oxford’s Centre for Suicide Research Oxford’s Centre for Suicide Research

Assessment of suicide risk in people with depressionClinical Guide The guide was developed tp assist clinical staff in talking about suicide and assessing suicide risk with people who are depressed. This guide is primarily about assessing risk in adults. However, the principles can be applied to younger people (although the issues relating to consent may differ).


Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth™ (SAVRY™) The SAVRY is composed of 24 items in three risk domains (Historical Risk Factors, Social/Contextual Risk Factors, and Individual/Clinical Factors), drawn from existing research and the professional literature on adolescent development as well as on violence and aggression in youth. Not designed to be a formal test or scale, there are no assigned numerical values or specified cutoff scores. Based on the structured professional judgment (SPJ) model, the SAVRY helps you structure an assessment so that important factors will be emphasized when you formulate a final professional judgment about a youth’s level of risk. The primary domains of known risk and protective factors are addressed, with clear operational definitions provided. Risk and protective factors are based on their relationship to adolescents—not to children or adults

Pearson Pearson

Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSS)
21-item self-report questionnaire; Assesses various aspects of suicide risk (e.g., number of past attempts, current degree of ideation

PerformWell PerformWell

Impulsivity Teen Conflict Survey This tool measures reported impulsive behavior. Impulsive behavior demonstrates a lack of self-control.

Family Attachment Subscale The Family Attachment Scale is part of the Communities That Care (CTC) Youth Survey. This survey is designed to measure adolescent substance abuse, delinquency/antisocial behavior, related problem behaviors such as school dropout, and the risk and protective factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of these adolescent behaviors. The survey measures 16 risk factors and 9 protective factors at the individual, peer, family, school, and community levels.

Self-Reported Delinquency - Problem Behavior Frequency Scale The Problem Behavior Frequency scale is designed to measure the frequency of delinquency behaviors such as suspension, stealing, shoplifting, and cheating.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use - YRBS Behaviors examined are those that are leading contributors to death, disability, and social problems in this young population, and include tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.

Knowledge about contraception – Add Health This tool is a factual quiz about student's contraceptive knowledge, which was originally administered to students and young adults ages 15 and up, as part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health).

Bullying Perpetration and Bullying Victimization Scales The Bully Perpetration and Bully Victimization Scales are part of a larger survey called the Student School Survey (SSS), a 70-item, self report survey of school experiences, which has been designed for youth ages 10 to 17. Each scale consists of 4 items.

Youth Attitudes toward Substance Use – CTC This survey is designed to measure adolescent antisocial behaviors such as drug use, delinquency, and school dropout, and the risk and protective factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of these problem behaviors. The survey measures 16 risk factors and 9 protective factors at the individual, peer, family, school, and community level.

Aggression Scale Aggression Scale measures the frequency of self-reported overt aggressive behaviors that may result in physical or psychological injury to others

Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) The Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) is a self-report measure designed to assess the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder among children and adolescents, ages 8 to 18

Perceived Stress Scale Intended as a risk-assessment tool, this is a self-report tool suitable for high schoolers or adults who have at least a junior high school level of education.

Multidimensional Peer Victimization Scale The Multidimensional Peer Victimization Scale is a self-report measure, designed to assess four types of peer victimization (social manipulation, attacks on property, verbal victimization, and physical victimization).

Questionnaire on Self-Regulation This questionnaire is used to assess children’s ability to regulate negative emotions and disruptive behavior, and to set and attain goals.

Parent-Teen Communication about Sexual Risk - PTSRC-III This is an eight-item subscale of a self-report instrument for measuring the amount of communication about sexual risk and sexual risk reduction occurring between parents and their adolescent children, as reported by the adolescent. It has been tested with older adolescents and young adults

Decision-Making Skills This tool represents “the respondent’s report of his/her ability to make sound decisions and judgments”

Proactive Resolutions Proactive Resolutions

Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER) Manual and Worksheets The B-SAFER is a set of comprehensive structured professional judgment (SPJ) guidelines for assessing and managing risk for intimate partner violence. The B-SAFER is based on the SARA and was designed for use by police and other justice agencies.

Redleaf Press Redleaf Press

Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scale Critical temperament and self-regulation problems that can indicate a child's risk for developmental delay


Self-Injury Self Assessment Tool This tool is for self evaluation and not intended to diagnose

Safety Lit Safety Lit

The 10-Question Tool: A Novel Screening Instrument for Runaway...
The 10-Question Tool: A Novel Screening Instrument for Runaway Youth .... Most of the available assessment tools focus on a single topic area, such as mental .... and offers a specialized program for assessing runaway youth for such abuse.

SIT Digital Collections SIT Digital Collections

Assessment for At-Risk Youth: A New Model of the Assessment Instruments for the Detroit Youth Opportunity Program Assessment of at-risk youth involves the use of effective formal and informal assessment instruments that diagnose at-risk youth skills, deficits, needs and conditional variables, and effective individual service strategies that develop competencies, provide a roadmap for program services, document achievements and develop exit criteria for completion of program services. The Detroit Youth Opportunity Program, a federally funded training and employment initiative for at-risk youth, is examined in this particular case for the purpose of developing new models of assessment instruments because its assessment system lacks informal assessment instruments and an adequate individual service strategy

SIVA (Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachments) SIVA (Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachments)

Proactive Safety Management Evaluation To safely manage behaviour, a safety evaluation must first be conducted to understand the behaviour and establish a baseline of risk and a guideline for care. SIVA provides caregivers with a comprehensive risk inventory to catalog the individual's previous unsafe behaviours and a quick-reference safety management guide that indicates which management methods are most efficacious in both general and acute situations. With these tools, caregivers are prepared to begin creating a safe environment with the individual upon their placement.

Southwest GRID Southwest GRID

E-Safety for Social Workers As part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the South West Grid for Learning has produced its first targeted training and toolkit for professionals who complete family assessments. This course is of particular relevance to social workers.

Spark Action Spark Action

Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation
Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation is a guide book that looks at research evidence and provides a framework for selecting and implementing an evidence-based tool to help reduce risks associated with teens’ placement and supervision while involved with the juvenile justice system

Statistic Solutions Statistic Solutions

Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) The self-report includes a 28-item test that measures 5 types of maltreatment – emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and emotional and physical neglect. Common uses for the CTQ are formulating treatment plans, conducting child custody investigations, and assessing special populations.

Stoelting Stoelting

More tools, resources and assessments available on the Stoelting Website.

cas Children's Aggression Scale Children's Aggression Scale Evaluates the severity and frequency of aggressive acts, rather than the presence of aggressive behavior.

aars Assesses intensity of anger, and differentiates between instrumental and reactive angerAge Range: 11-19 years Time: 5-10 minutes, individual; 10-20 minutes, group Requiring only a fourth-grade reading level, the AARS is a psychometrically-sound, 41-item instrument assessing the intensity and frequency of anger expression. It identifies adolescents who are at-risk for Conduct Disorder (CD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children's Inventory of Anger Anger Triggers and Anger Intensity
Children's anger, and their ability to cope with it, are of increasing concern to professionals working in school and clinical settings. This self-report inventory identifies the kinds of situations that provoke anger in particular children--as well as the intensity of their anger response. Yet it contains only 39 items and requires just 10 minutes to complete.

teenmentalhealth.org teenmentalhealth.org

Tool for Assessment of Suicide Risk for Adolescents (TASR-Am) was developed to assist in the clinical evaluation of young people at imminent risk of suicide by clinicians in the area of adolescent suicide assessment and the development and application of various scales and tools in clinical, research and institutional setting

Kutcher Generalized Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents (K-GSADS-A) is a clinician-rated scale designed to assess the severity of social phobia in adolescents.

Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale (KADS)The KADS 6-item is designed for use in institutional settings (such as schools or primary care settings) where it can be used as a screening tool to identify young people at risk for depression or by trained health care providers (such as public health nurses, primary care physicians) or educators (such as guidance counsellors) to help evaluate young people who are in distress or who have been identified as possibly having a mental health problem.

Kutcher Adolescent Development Scale (KADS) The KADS 11-item presented here is optimized for monitoring outcome in adolescents (12-17 years) who are receiving (pharmaclogic) treatment for major depressive disorder.

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Youth Work Essentials Youth Work Essentials

Risk -Assessment The Frame Work
Sample Assessment - Risk Assessment is the backbone of the health & safety process. It needs to involve everyone that is responsible for the safety of the group and those that will be carrying out the activity

Youth Workìn It Youth Workìn It

How To Do A Risk Assessment Free risk assessment templates for you to download

YouthZone YouthZone

YouthZone Assessment and Evaluation Model™ including the YouthZone Screening for Positive Youth Development™ The YouthZone Assessment and Evaluation Model is designed to support a holistic approach to youth services. The pre/post inventory assesses youth across five asset and risk scales. In conjunction with qualitative input from interviews and other data from courts, schools, parents and the community, the model is designed to identify a broad range of risk and protective factors