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How does BERRI work?

The BERRI assessment checklist gathers information around five themes (Behaviour, Emotional wellbeing, Relationships, Risk & Indicators of neurodevelopment or psychiatric conditions).

We recommend that you discuss the scores with a colleague or someone else who knows the child to give the most reliable results. To complete the BERRI you read each concern from the questionnaire and then rate the frequency for each issue, and then rate the level of difficulty for those that are present. You also tick any significant life events that may be affecting a child. You can do this on a paper questionnaire and then transcribe the scores onto the computer, or fill it in directly on a mobile phone, tablet or computer*.

Once completed, the checklist is scored by our online system to produce a comprehensive psychologically-informed profile of the child’s needs. We then make that data immediately useful to you, with a set of online tools, charts and tables. The scores can be converted into useful advice in the form of a downloadable report which includes interpretation about the meaning of the scores, and what strategies might help to reduce them. At the moment the advice is quite general, but as we get more and more data we will be able to be more specific. It can be customised to show the careplan or strategies you are using within the placement. The report includes a spider plot of the child’s profile. Scores from the previous assessment are visible on the spider plot showing how things have changed since last time.

Repeating the BERRI checklist over time shows how the scores have changed, demonstrating improvement or the need to review your care plans and interventions. We recommend that you use it a minimum of four times a year, but where you are providing a more intensive service or intervention it may be appropriate to use it monthly".

Scores from the previous assessment are visible on the spider plot showing how things have changed since last time.

If you want to work on specific goals or issues, you can also “use our target and track tools” to monitor particular areas of concern more closely (eg aggression, self-esteem or low mood) and see how these change day-by-day or week-by-week.

If you are a service manager or commissioner you might want to get an overview of the progress of a group of children or a whole population. With BERRI you can "use our management oversight tools" to get an overview of a group or population, colour-coded to see at a glance who is making progress, and whether any setbacks are related to life-events.

*our new easyscore wizard makes it easier to complete on a mobile phone or tablet, and minimises the risk of data being lost even if your internet connection is unreliable