Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)

About GCP2

An assessment tool to help identify and measure risk of neglect 

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) helps professionals measure the quality of care provided by a parent or carer in meeting their child's needs, particularly where there are concerns about neglect.

Using the GCP2 assessment tool, professionals score aspects of family life on a scale of one to five. This assessment helps them identify areas where the level of care children receive could be significantly improved.

How it works

Using GCP2, you’ll be able to:

  • measure the quality of care being provided to children you work with
  • identify where children require further support and whether the level of care received needs to be improved
  • implement a constructive working relationship with families
  • increase your confidence in decision making at all levels
  • promote multi-agency working and train professionals across agencies to use the tool – creating a common language and improving the quality of referrals.
"As implementation lead for our local authority, I have been helped through the process by the expert assistance of the team at NSPCC. They have been able to answer my questions and together we have found solutions to issues."

Implementation Lead

Training and implementation support

We have helped support over 90 local areas to use GCP2 across the UK. We'll work with you every step of the way, providing the support you need to effectively implement the tool in your local area.

We will:

  • help you develop a robust implementation plan so that you can sustainably implement the tool locally
  • organise webinars and workshops for strategic partners
  • provide implementation planning resources and support
  • arrange training sessions and materials to support local delivery (10-20 delegates)
  • give you with access to over 60 resources to support delivery, usage and implementation
  • offer opportunities to attend and engage with GCP2 colleagues and sites across the UK through our community of practice forums
  • keep you up-to-date about upcoming events, webinars and newsletters.

Ready to deliver GCP2?

Our expert consultants and trainers can help you and other professionals in your area use GCP2 effectively.

Email gcp2@nspcc.org.uk for more information about delivering this service.

Background and evidence

Background and evidence

How GCP2 was developed

Graded Care Profile (GCP) was originally created by consultant paediatrician, Dr. Srivastava. We worked with him to redevelop the tool and create an updated version which is known as Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2). This is an authorised and fully tested version of the GCP tool.

GCP2 is more user friendly and comprehensive enough to help professionals with assessments and subsequent work with families.

"The support, advice and enthusiasm from the NSPCC team around implementing this tool is second to none. A collegiate approach which allows us to avoid potential challenges and troubleshoot difficulties."

Commissioner

How effective is the assessment tool?

Professionals who were already embedding the tool have told us that:

  • referrals were clearer and more likely to lead to actions that would support the child
  • some practitioners felt it enabled parents to better understand professionals’ concerns
  • some families were reported to make positive health and lifestyle choices as a result.

These findings come from our evaluation of how we support organisations to use GCP2.

> Read our implementation evaluation of Graded Care Profile 2

Antenatal tool (GCP2-A)

Graded Care Profile 2 Antenatal (GCP2-A)

The antenatal period and early years of a child’s life can have a profound impact on their future physical and emotional safety and wellbeing. It’s important that parents are given support to provide the best care for their developing baby and new-born infant (Gerhardt, 2004).

GCP2-A helps midwives, social workers and health visitors identify areas where expectant parents are doing well but may also require support.

We are working with eight NHS Trusts and Local Authorities to understand the effectiveness of the tool before inviting others to become trained and licenced to use it in their area.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us at gcp2a@nspcc.org.uk.