Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for carers

The QAF recognises that listening to carers is essential. Carers have first-hand experience of what a child or young person is experiencing, and can provide valuable insight into their social functioning, emotional and mental health.

The SDQ can be used as a screener to reliably flag a concern that may require further attention, it does not provide a diagnosis of a child or young person’s mental health.

Developed by Dr Robert Goodman, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, the SDQ is a short behavioural screening questionnaire.

A primary carer will complete the SDQ in Viewpoint, for all children and young people (aged 2 to 17 years) in their care. The carer reads statements, and selects an answer that describes the child or young person in regard to:

  1. emotional difficulties
  2. conduct problems
  3. hyperactivity or inattention
  4. peer relationship problems
  5. pro-social behaviours

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Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

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Last updated:

27 Feb 2023

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