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(Draft)Assessment HAP -2005

(Draft)Assessment HAP -2005

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Risk assessment protocolto evaluate the risk of harm tochildren caused byHostile-Aggressive Parenting (HAP)
(including recommended intervention strategies)
Published by
Family Conflict Resolution Services
Box 61027 Maple Grove P.O., Oakville, Ontario Canada L6J 7P5Tel (905) 829-0407 Fax (905) 829-1571Website: http://familyconflict.freeyellow.com
 Release Date: July 1, 2005
Protocol to determine Risk of Harm to Child due to HAP – July 1, 2005Page 2 of 81
Table of Contents
Section 1Introduction, background and founding principlesSection 2Application and risk assessment processSection 3Benefits of the risk assessment protocolSection 4The risk of harm to child assessment reportSection 5Recommended intervention strategies
Protocol to determine Risk of Harm to Child due to HAP – July 1, 2005Page 3 of 81
Section OneIntroduction – background – founding principles
The risk assessment protocol outlined in this document has been developed jointly through theefforts of Family Conflict Resolution Services, a non-profit, community based organization, alongwith caring family-health and legal professionals. Concerned members of the public andorganizations from the community at large have also contributed to the development of thematerials contained in this document. All of the various items in this document which are listed asHAP behaviours, factors, influences or indicators have been gathered from interviews withhundreds of parents and children who have relayed their experiences in the court system and theproblems they have experienced when dealing with a parent or other family members considered asengaging in Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (HAP). Many interviews were videotaped (whenpossible) as part of on ongoing research into Hostile-Aggressive Parenting and its effect on childrenand families.This document has been developed specifically out of the need to address the growing problemsfacing families dealing with the family court system when it comes to custody rights and theparenting time of children. There is a growing public dissatisfaction in the way in which the courtdeals with conflict between parents and addresses the issue of custody and parenting time. Manychildren are expressing significant dissatisfaction in the way in which custody and parenting time isbeing decided upon in the family court system. Many children complain about their wishes beingdisregarded by assessors and the courts.This protocol is intended to be used as a tool by those familiar with Hostile-Aggressive Parenting(HAP), and to assist those persons to assess with reasonable accuracy and consistency, the level of risk of harm to a child, teenager or young adult due to Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (HAP) whenfamilies are being affected by separation and/or divorce. Also included are recommendedintervention strategies based on the assessed level of risk of harm to the child. This protocoldocument was developed as a follow-up to the companion document “Understanding andEffectively Dealing with Hostile-Aggressive Parenting” which deals with the general subject of HAP in greater depth. A copy of the companion HAP document “Effectively Dealing with Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (HAP)” may be downloaded from the Family Conflict Resolution website at
 The procedures and recommended intervention strategies contained in this document can, with themeaningful support from the court, legal and health care professionals and others in the community,help to provide a consistent and effective approach to dealing with Hostile-Aggressive Parenting.This document also provides concise guidelines as to what specific conditions should be met inorder to consider a parent as being “unfit” which would warrant removal of all parental rights by thecourts. Throughout this document the word “parent” shall be considered synonymous with theword “guardian”. A guardian can include grandparents, extended family members, babysitters andto any other person who may be involved in caring and rearing of the child who is the focus of theconflict.This document and the accompanying checklist forms should be used for the evaluation of anyperson who may have the role of caregiver to a child where HAP behaviours have been identified asa concern and potential risk to the child. It must be emphasized, however, that the procedures

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