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Carer reports

The QAF recognises that listening to carers is essential. Carers have first-hand experience of what a child or young person is experiencing, and can provide valuable insight into their emotional and mental health and social functioning.

The QAF has tested a variety of tools and will use one tool, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), for all sites as we move toward broader implementation. The SDQ doesn’t intend to provide a diagnosis of a child or young person’s mental health, but to be used as a screener, to reliably flag a concern that may require further attention.

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

Developed by Dr Robert Goodman, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, the SDQ is a short behavioural screening questionnaire.

It has been evaluated internationally and demonstrates strong psychometric properties.

A primary carer should complete an SDQ for all children and young people (aged 2 to 17 years) in their care.

The carer should read 25 statements and judge how well each describes the child or young person in regards to:

  1. emotional difficulties
  2. conduct problems
  3. hyperactivity or inattention
  4. peer relationship problems
  5. pro-social behaviours

The SDQ is administered through a user friendly online system called Viewpoint. Once a carer has completed the questionnaire, the system automatically generates an easy-to-read report.

See a Sample SDQ.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019