Auditing Children's Experience (ACE)

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    Research Project Team

    Dr Anoushka Khan

  • Background

    Children are referred to the Family Assessment Service (FAS) when they have been maltreated and are going through an unsettling time in their life.

    Audit of Children’s Experience (ACE) hopes to gain an insight into how these children undergoing care proceedings are likely to understand FAS and those concerned with it. 

    By gaining an insight into how children have felt during their meetings with clinicians, we aim to improve our approach to children and make their experience less daunting.

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    • To get feedback from children about their experiences of being assessed at FAS
    • Develop a set of recommendations for FAS on improving current practice
  • Methodology

    Participants recruited are children approaching the end of their family assessment who have been seen by their clinician a minimum of two times over a three month period.

    We aim to recruit participants with ages ranging from 4 to 18 years. Sessions are either held at the Anna Freud Centre or at the participant's home.

    The procedure involves gaining feedback through creative methods, enabling children to better communicate with researchers. The session lasts 20 minutes and consists of two parts:

    1. The first part involves the researcher and participant engaging in an 'ice-breaker' poster-making activity.
    2. The second - main - part consists of the participant talking about their experience with FAS, using happy, sad or neutral paper cut-out faces.

    We are currently in the process of recruiting and working with more participants.