workshops will be
of interest to
is provided at an Open 2 Day
Introductory Workshop or "in
house" when organisations
commission a 2 Day Introductory
Workshop for delivery at a venue
of their choice.
4.0 TRAINING - FRequently asked
I have booked a training place, what do I need
to bring with me and can you confirm the
PAMS assessments should
be completed by professionals who carry out or who are
involved in parenting assessments eg. social workers,
family support workers, psychologists, health
visitors, midwives, solicitors, children's guardians,
family mediators, judges, magistrates.
Whatever the professional orientation, the person
taking responsibility for heading up a PAMS assessment
and producing a report should be sufficiently
qualified within their professional role to do
so. Usually, this is a qualified social worker,
clinical psychologist, health visitor etc. This
person should have attended a PAMS 2 Day Introductory
Workshop before conducting a PAMS 4.0 assessment.
PAMS 3.0 training was "highly recommended" in the
"Instruction Book" but this has changed in the PAMS
4.0 to "PAMS training is needed for anyone who has
purchased the licence and intends to use the PAMS
assessment with families". Anyone who is PAMS
3.0 trained should be able to use the PAMS 4.0 without
further training. Ultimately, organisations,
agencies and individuals hold the responsibility for
ensuring that they are PAMS 4.0 trained when they use
PAMS 4.0 materials.
Has PAMS been evaluated?
PAMS has been subjected to extensive
piloting prior to and since the first 1.3 edition in
1998 (described on Page 36 of the PAMS 4.0 Instruction
Book). In addition, PAMS has been reviewed and
extensively reported on across the following national
DoH. (2000). Framework for the
Assessment of Children and their Families. www.archive.official-documents.co.uk/facn/facn.htm
Change. (2005). Report of National
Gathering of Parents with Learning
Morris, J & Wates, M. (2006).
Supporting disabled parents and parents with
additional support needs. www.scie.org.uk
Tarleton, B., Ward, L. & Howarth, J.
(2006). Finding the right support? www.baringfoundation.org.uk
DfES & DoH. (2007). Good
practice guidance on working with parents with a
learning disability. www.valuingpeople.org.uk.
Social Care Institute for Excellence.
McGaw, S. & Mundy, S. (2007).
Inter-rater reliability of the Parent Assessment
Manual. Unpublished. Cornwall Partnership
Toocaram, J. (2008). Resources.
Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International, 62,12-13.
Springer, L. & Gustafsson, C. (2008).
Systematic Assessment of Parental Capacity.
Pilot study on the applicability in a Swedish context
of the Parent Assessment Manual (PAM). Uppsala
McGaw, S., Scully, T. & Pritchard, C.
(2010). Predicting the Unpredictable.
Identifying high-risk versus low-risk parents with
intellectual disabilities. Child Abuse &
Neglect, 34, (699-710). I am enclosing a copy of
this for your retention.
Currently, there are two studies which
are underway which are evaluating PAMS
outcomes. These include the York study
which is evaluating PAMS assessment outcomes and the
quality of expert parenting assessments completed in
family proceedings (York University). The
Aberlour Child Care Trust is currently evaluating the
efficacy of an early intervention and preventative
support service for families in the South Ayrshire
area using the PAMS Assessment as one of its core
parenting assessment tools. It is anticipated
that both of these studies will be reporting their
findings in 2016.
Can I score Priority Ratings on the worksheet if
I can't complete the frequency of practice
If you are unable to score the frequency
of practice boxes on the worksheet because of lack of
information you can still score the Priority Rating
using the Knowledge Cartoon column and Quality of
Skill column scores. However, you will need to
flag up the absence of frequency of practice
information in the comments box and in your
report. If the frequency of practice information
becomes available later on you will need to update the
frequency of practice boxes and priority rating for
Is the PAMS software included in the
price of the training?
No. The software licence needs to be purchased in
addition to the PAMS training.
I need PAMS 4.0 training if I am an experienced PAMS
3.0 assessor but haven't attended a PAMS training
workshop? Anyone who is using the PAMS 4.0 software/assessment
needs to have attended either a PAMS 3.0
or PAMS 4.0 training workshop.
What are the cancellation terms after booking
i) No refunds due to cancellations made less
than 4 weeks prior to the PAMS 4.0 Training Workshop.
ii) 90% refund for cancellations 4-6 weeks prior
to the Workshop (minus £50+VAT admin fee).
iii) 100% refund for cancellations 6+ weeks prior to the
Workshop (minus £50+VAT admin fee).