Quality Assurance Framework (QAF)
The QAF will provide OOHC caseworkers with access to reliable information about the safety, permanency and the wellbeing of children in statutory OOHC
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:
- emotional difficulties
- conduct problems
- hyperactivity or inattention
- peer relationship problems
- 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.