We have an excellent track record of providing parenting assessments in care proceedings and as part of the pre-proceedings process. We have over 100 social workers available to provide assessments within a 4-8 week timescale.

All of our parenting assessments are carried out in accordance with the Department for Education’s Working Together guidance. In order to produce a holistic assessment, our assessors:

  • Ensure the voice of the child is at the heart of every assessment
  • Explore a parent’s history and all aspects of their approach to parenting
  • Seek to assess a parent’s understanding of and insight into identified concerns
  • Gather information through discussion, activities and observation
  • Provide a clear evidence-based analysis
  • Focus on outcomes; identifying appropriate support services.


Our social workers are experienced in assessing parents’ capacity to change and understand concerns when considering complex issues including, but not limited to: substance misuse, domestic abuse, learning difficulties, sexual abuse and mental health difficulties.

Alongside exploration of a parent’s past and present circumstances, assessors aim to offer recommendations which allow informed decisions about a child’s future placement to be made.