Neglect is the most common reason why children are placed on a child protection plan, both locally and nationally. SCR Family M (SCR in to 5 siblings) identified that despite long term concerns about neglect and other forms of abuse professionals found it hard to identify and assess the impact of this on the children. One of the children in the family was found to have been sexually abused by Mother’s partner and father of two of the siblings. This case review was the catalyst for ensuring practitioners in Wiltshire had a tool to better understand and assess parenting capacity and capacity to change and its impact on children.

The Graded Care Profile 2(GCP2) is a NSPCC evidence-based assessment that we are now using in Wiltshire. This is a tool that any practitioner can use or contribute to.

GCP2 helps:

  • measure the quality of care being given to a child
  • spot anything that is putting a child at risk of harm
  • support the engagement of parents by identifying strengths and needs and helps to target key areas to work on
  • understand parent’s capacity to change

In order to use this assessment with families you need to attend a one day course run by colleagues from Wiltshire agencies who have been trained by NSPCC. Please visit the training page for the link to book a place.

You can find more information about the tool at NSPCC GCP2 or by clicking on the following links:


Information Sheet for those attending NSPCC licensed GCP2 training

Download the posters below and slides which you can use to promote and raise awareness of the tool within your agency:

There are also leaflets for parents and young people available to download:

GCP2 Parent Guide

GCP2 Info for Young Adults

The parent’s leaflet has also been translated into a number of languages. If you would like more information about these please contact