Our experienced Independent Social Workers regularly undertake Connected Persons assessments and are able to thoroughly explore the carer’s motivation and ability to care for the child in difficult circumstances, in order to provide the child/ren with a link to someone known to them, their family, culture and identity.
As part of the Connected Persons assessment our social workers assess applicants against the Fostering Standards and will pay particular attention to:
- The issue of contact between the child and parents
- The nature of the child’s and the Connected Persons’ continued relationship with the birth parents
- Any risks the above may pose to the child and carer and how these can be managed
- Any support required by the carers to provide good care to the child in the short or long term
These dynamics can be particularly complex and we have social workers who are skilled at undertaking more detailed risk assessments when required, especially in situations where the parents or birth family pose a significant risk to the child, which needs to be acknowledged and mitigated by the connected person.
All of our independent social work reports focus upon the needs of specific children and comply with the requirements identified by the Court of Appeal in Re B-S. Not only will they provide a list of the factors that are relevant to the central decision to be made, but also a narrative account of how they fit together. This will include a thorough analysis of the pros and cons of the various options that might be under consideration.
Our teams will be able to provide you with details of an Independent Social Worker who can complete an assessment within 4-8 weeks to meet Court and panel deadlines and we are able to undertake these nationwide.