Assessment of Need (AoN) Meeting

If it is deemed necessary then parents/carers, the child’s class teacher or a member of SLT may request that an Assessment of Need meeting should take place. The wellbeing indicators are used to structure recording of a specific concern that may be raised with or by practitioners that may need further assessment or action, for example, not doing as well in school as expected. A concern can be an event itself, or a series of events, or attributes, which affect the wellbeing or potential wellbeing of a child or young person, for example, missing appointments for health checks.

A concern can also arise because a child or young person is, for example, living in a family where a parent may be misusing drugs or alcohol. Parents, children and young people themselves may have concerns that they bring to the attention of practitioners.

The five questions any practitioner needs to ask are the same questions all practitioners need to raise when they are concerned about a child or young person:

  • What is getting in the way of this child or young person’s wellbeing?
  • Do I have all the information I need to help this child or young person?
  • What can I do now to help this child or young person?
  • What can my agency do to help this child or young person?
  • What additional help, if any, may be needed from others?

The wellbeing indicators are also used when a plan is being constructed or reviewed, to summarise the child or young person’s needs.