AIM3 – Adolescent Assessment Model – Summer 2019

The AIM3 Assessment model has been developed by Marcella Leonard and Professor Simon Hackett. It incorporates new research and practice issues such as technology assisted sexual behaviours, and also a change in practice towards the development of a model that does not determine risk simply as low, medium or high. The model provides guidance on the relevant information and how to analyse this to develop a profile of the young person, their sexual behaviour, their general functioning and their context. Through case formulation, the young person’s specific needs and risks are identified, leading to more targeted interventions to reduce the likelihood of a repetition of the harmful sexual behaviour. It also allows the assessment to be more fluid, capable of being updated and adapted as progress takes place, or significant new stressors or risks are added to the profile.