Step by Step 2016

About Step by Step 2016

Step by Step 2016 is a comprehensive range of carer assessment tools. First developed by ACWA in 2003, these tools have been regularly revised.

The 2016 edition provides reliable assessment tools underpinned by clearly articulated benchmarks of competency. This enables consistent carer assessment decisions to be made at a number of key points in the out-of-home care process.

ACWA has produced a short video (7 mins) you can view to find out about how Step by Step 2016 was developed and the carer assessment framework that underpins this suite of resources.

The Step by Step 2016 range

Please Note: Only Registered Users of Step by Step 2016 can log to access the resources.

General Foster Carer Assessment Tool

  • Manual for Assessors
  • Assessment Record
  • Information pack for potential foster carers
  • Child carer matching tool

Relative Kinship Carer Assessment Tool

  • Manual for Assessors
  • Assessment Record

Carer Review Tool

Guardianship Assessment Tool

  • Manual for Assessors
  • Assessment Record

In development, available 2017

  • New pre-authorisation training tool Shared Lives (formerly known as Shared Stories Shared Lives) will be available August 2017​.

Registration to use Step by Step 2016

ACWA recognises that good assessment decisions require not just a good assessment tool, but skilled assessors able to exercise professional judgement.

The Step by Step 2016 registration process requires practitioners to demonstrate their assessment skills before using the carer assessment resources.

Only Registered Users of Step by Step 2016 can log to access the resources.

Go to Getting Registered to find out about the pathways to become a Registered User of Step by Step 2016.