Step by Step is a suite of training and assessment tools produced by ACWA for the out-of-home care context. It is necessary to participate in ACWA endorsed training to be able to use the tools.
Current range of tools
Pre-authorisation training for carers
• Shared Lives for foster carers
• Shared Lives for relative or kinship carers
Assessment of carers
• Foster Care Assessment Tool
• Relative and Kinship Assessment Tool
• Guardianship Assessment Tool
• Child-Carer Matching Tool
• Carer Review Tool
See a video about how the current edition of assessment tools were developed.
Assessment of parents
• Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool
Training courses to use the tools
How to become a registered Step by Step assessor
Inexperienced carer assessors can click here.
Experienced carers assessors must evidence existing assessment skills by providing two previously completed carer assessment reports, before completing a Step by Step Familiarisation course. Reports can be foster care, relative or kinship care, guardianship, or adoption.
Criteria for Step by Step Registration
This link provides information about the criteria for Step by Step Registration.
Accessing the Step by Step Assessment Report Templates
Registered users should refer to access instructions contained in your Registration Confirmation email, sent from firstname.lastname@example.org