The Assessment Triangle is a key concept within child welfare and is a term that has been used since the late 1990's. In Scotland, it has been adopted within the development of an Integrated Assessment Framework, to which we also refer in this learning resource. There are a number of aspects of child assessment, in any domain – the home, the playground, the classroom, the GP surgery, or residential care, and others – where you will be thinking about assessment models and practice.

This learning resource is intended to introduce you to the Triangle so that it may help you order your impressions (or assessment) of both a child's needs and her aspirations.

This learning resource consists of the following five sections:

  • Assessment: some material on 'what assessment is', together with an outline of the historical and policy context of the Integrated Assessment Framework
  • Key Concepts: a little material on important underpinnings of the approach to assessment that involves the triangle
  • The Triangle: the opportunity to browse the headings and description associated with each
  • Mairi's Life: an opportunity to look along events in a typical child's timeline, and to begin to consider how you'd use the triangle in practice.