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Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for Carers

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 social functioning, emotional and mental health.

The SDQ does not provide a diagnosis of a child or young person’s mental health, it can be used as a screener, to reliably flag a concern that may require further attention.

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

A primary carer will complete the SDQ in Viewpoint, for children and young people (aged 2 to 17 years) who are in their care with final orders. The carer reads statements, and selects an answer that describes the child or young person in regard to:

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

Once a carer has completed the questionnaire, the system automatically generates an easy-to-read report.

More information can be found in the QAF User Guide - Chapter 3 – Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for Carers.

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Last updated: 16 Nov 2020