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The HOME Inventory

(The Home Observation for the Measurement of the Environment Inventory)

Context

One of a series of practice tools designed to support the implementation of the Assessment Framework in England (Department of Health, Cox and Bentovim (2000) The Family Assessment Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: TSO.)

Purpose

Assessing the quality of parenting and the home environment provided for the child

Features

  • Hour-long semi-structured interview in the home with the main caregiver and child
  • Framework to assess all aspects of the home environment
  • Provides information about:
    • the nature and variety of the child’s day-to-day experiences
    • the parenting capacity of the caregivers
    • other aspects of the child’s world and the life of the family
  • Available for:
    • children aged 0–3, 3–6, 6–10 and 10–14 years
    • disabled children
    • child care contexts

Benefits

  • User friendly
  • Provides a picture of the child’s world from the child’s perspective
  • Well received by families
  • Well-established and tested
  • Good predictor of outcomes for children
  • Useful in a range of situations:
    • initial and later stages of assessment
    • assessing the level of change following interventions
    • obtaining a detailed picture of the care needed by children in foster and adoptive placements
    • assessing the quality of parenting and the child’s home environment when planning for permanence needs to take place

Learn more

Learn more about training for groups of staff in the use of The Home Inventory: