We provide the only licensed
Official PAMS Training

We have PAMS Trainers based around the UK

These training workshops will be of interest to social workers, family support workers, psychologists, health visitors, midwives, solicitors, children’s guardians, family mediators, judges, magistrates.

Training 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.

PAMS 4.0 TRAINING - FRequently asked questions


I have booked a training place, what do I need to bring with me and can you confirm the arrangements?
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Can anyone carry out a PAMS assessment?

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 documents:

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 Disabilities.  www.changepeople.co.uk
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 Trust, Cornwall.
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 Universitet.  lydia.springer@lul.se.   
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 boxes? 
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 that skill.

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. 

Do 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 training?

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).