Updated April 2013
NOTE: Working Together 2013 removes the requirement for separate Initial Assessments and Core Assessments, with effect from 15 April 2013. One Assessment may be undertaken instead, which should be completed no longer than 45 working days from the point of referral.
Under Working Together 2010 (now superseded by Working Together 2013), a Core Assessment is initiated where an Initial Assessment determines that a child's needs are complex or high and require a comprehensive assessment to determine the level of services required. The Core Assessment should be completed within 35 days of an Initial Assessment or Strategy Discussion/Meeting.
It may include a Section 47 Enquiry
where there are concerns that the child has suffered Significant Harm