The care index assists in the assessment of risk in relationships by observing and
coding the patterns of interaction between caregiver and child. The method is
used with children up to two years’ old and alongside our Video Interaction Guide
approach and general parenting observation. All implementers are specifically
trained in the use of the Care Index with coding carried out by Dr Pat Crittenden’s
team. We use the care index in all assessment settings.
As well as other psychological assessment approaches, our 12-week family
assessments involve contribution from a child and family psychologist who will work
with individuals and family groups. Psychological assessment may include:
• Cognitive functioning
• Living skills assessment (input from parenting observations and skills dev.)
• Psychological factors that may impact on parenting ability (eg. Loss, mental
ill-health, and emotional issues).
Video Interaction Guidance
This is an intervention where parents are guided to reflect on their own successful
interactions and actively guiding parents in a process of change towards better
relationships. The approach is strength-focused as we support parents to reflect
on successful moments of interaction and plans steps to reinforce, lengthen and
improve communication. VIG is used with other approaches, including attachment
assessment and baby cues. We use VIG in cases where emotional neglect is a
concern and in all assessment and support settings.