Post-Separation Visitation Disputes: Differential Interventions

BACKGROUND PAPER

(2001-FCY-6)

APPENDIX 5: FIDELITY CHECKLIST

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SOCIAL WORKER
FIDELITY CHECK
FOCUSSED CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION

  1. Did you focus on how problem-solving techniques could be used in the future?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  2. Did you focus on helping parent/s examine the impasse as opposed to the cause of the marriage breakdown?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  3. Did you discuss ideas on how the parents could resolve their dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  4. Did you discuss with parent/s what resources (financial and emotional, extended family) they had available to assist in resolving their dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  5. Did you help the parents understand what triggers their "buttons" and get them to refocus differently?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  6. Did you focus on educating the parent/s regarding the impact of their dispute on their children?

    (i.e. did you discuss conflict and implications on children's development?)

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  7. Did you discuss with parent/s what they need from the other parent to settle their dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  8. Did you brainstorm and offer alternative suggestions/solutions to parent/s?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  9. Did you focus on the children's needs and wishes regarding the issues in dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  10. Did you use metaphors (i.e. parenting relationship as a business) and problem-solving behaviours in other parts of their lives with the parent/s to help them move beyond the conflict?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PARENTS
FOCUSSED CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION

  1. Did the social worker discuss different approaches to problem solve for the future?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  2. Did the social worker discuss the allegations/concerns that you have made against your partner?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  3. Did the social worker discuss ideas on how you and your partner could resolve the dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  4. Did the social worker discuss what resources were available to you? (Prompt: financial, emotional and extended family)

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 3
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    • 5 - Very Often
  5. Did the social worker explore with you what triggers your "buttons" and discuss how to refocus differently?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  6. Did the social worker provide you with some information on the effects the conflict is having on your children?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  7. Did the social worker ask you about what prevents you and your partner from settling this dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  8. Did you and the social worker discuss some possible solutions to settling this dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  9. Did the social worker focus on the children's needs and wishes regarding the dispute?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  10. Did the social worker use examples of ways to problem solve in other parts of your life to help move beyond the conflict?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PARENTS
FIDELITY CHECK
TRADITIONAL CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION

  1. Did you discuss with the social worker your allegations regarding the other parent?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  2. Did you discuss your personal and marital history with the social worker?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  3. Did you discuss your current and past parenting arrangements with the social worker?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  4. Did you discuss your child's past/current developmental history with the social worker?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  5. Did the social worker collect professional and personal collateral sources for additional information from you?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  6. Did the social worker ask you about the children's views and preferences?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  7. Did the social worker explain that s/he will write a report to the court with recommendations about custody and/or access arrangements?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  8. Did the social worker hear your concerns about the other parent without discussing other solutions to those problems?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  9. Did the social worker observe you and the children in different environments (ie. home interviews)?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  10. 10) Did the social worker focus on what plans you had for providing for the children?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SOCIAL WORKER
FIDELITY CHECK
TRADITIONAL CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION

  1. Did you address the allegations each parent made against one another?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  2. Did you take the personal and marital history from each parent?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  3. Did you discuss separation history (current and past parenting arrangements)?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  4. Did you take a child development history?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  5. Did you collect professional and personal collateral sources for additional information?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  6. Did you ask each parent about their children's views and preferences?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  7. Did you explain to parents that you will be providing a report to the court and make recommendations with respect to custody and/or access of their children?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  8. Did you discuss solutions when concerns were raised by the parents?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  9. Did you observe the children and parent in different environments (i.e. home visits)?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
  10. Did you focus on what plans each parent is providing for the future of their child?

    • Not at All - 0
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    • 5 - Very Often
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