Family courts require high-quality information to help them make the best possible decisions. Parenting assessments which are methodical, multidimensional and incorporate evidence-based assessment tools are more useful to the courts in making such important decisions. The assessment of parenting can be highly subjective. As such, tools to minimise this subjectivity are important.

Parenting Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) is a very effective tool. It is a methodical and functional method of looking at parenting, incorporating evidence-based and multidimensional assessment tools. Since 2011 there has been a growing interest in the field around the incorporation of PAMS within parenting assessments for courts, suggesting that judges find it useful in their decision-making process.

Accordingly, PAMS assessments are an integral part of our core service offering. Our PAMS team has received their training directly from Pill Creek Publishing, who began developing the programme in 1998 and managed the subsequent transition to a software version in 2004, through to the most recent version 4.0 in 2016.


The PAMS assessment covers:

  • Child care and development
  • Behaviour management
  • Independent living skills
  • Safety and hygiene
  • Parents’ health
  • Relationships and support
  • Impact of the environment and the community on parenting


Each parenting skill is assessed by knowledge, quality and frequency. By breaking these elements of parenting down into testable components, PAMS begins to make an assessment of quality that is evidence-based.

After the PAMS assessment has been completed it will provide a clear, visual family profile of functioning that targets both parenting support needs, as well as child protection issues. An easy to understand visual Child Profile and Parent Profile gives clear identification of the family strengths, needs and risks associated with their parenting.

For more information on the PAMS assessment framework, including a timetable of works & costings, please get in touch.

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