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Family Safety Assessments

Our Family Safety Assessments are comprehensive and based upon an analysis of empirically derived risk indicators taken from multiple sources of information about the subject’s background, giving detailed consideration to both static and dynamic risk factors. Each assessment will give an analysis of the risks posed to the children with a realistic risk management plan for each member of the family, including viability of treatment interventions and prognosis for change where necessary.

The following information gives brief details of what each of our expert family safety assessments includes; as specialists in complex cases our assessors have expertise in a number of areas and can answer further questions on issues such as: substance misuse, HBV, female perpetrators, cultural imperatives, non-English speakers, criminality, same sex relationships and multiple parent cases. 

Please note that only risk assessments of perpetrators are available for cases in private law (contact or residency) proceedings.

Risk assessment of perpetrator - Assesses the risk towards the victim and children from the domestic abuse perpetrator. This includes an interview with both the perpetrator and victim, wherever possible. The report will include:

  • developmental risk indicators, such as history of trauma, childhood exposure to abuse; ​

  • static risk indicators, such as lethality, use of weapons and history of violence;

  • dynamic risk factors, such as denial of culpability, remorse and victim empathy;

  • history of domestic abuse and the likely impact on the child/ren;

  • likelihood of further exposure of the child/ren to domestic violence;

  • parent’s understanding of the impact of the domestic abuse on children;

  • situational factors that may have contributed to domestic violence risks;

  • prognosis for treatment and a risk management plan.

Vulnerability assessment of victim/survivor - Alongside identifying vulnerability to future abuse, the impact of the abuse on the victim’s parenting will also be assessed. The report will include:

  • parent's background, including exposure to abuse as a child and any violence in previous relationships;

  • history of domestic abuse and the likely impact on the child/ren; 

  • likelihood of further exposure of the child/ren to domestic violence;

  • understanding of the impact of the domestic violence on children;

  • dynamic vulnerability indicators, including ability to assess risk and

  • prioritise safety, ability to access support and understanding of domestic abuse;

  • situational factors that may have contributed to domestic violence risks;

  • recommendations for risk management strategies and treatment/intervention options.

Joint risk and vulnerability assessment of both parents – An assessment of both parents (please note that all clients are seen separately), including all the elements of risk and vulnerability assessments outlined above, but also:

  • a clear picture of the dynamics of the relationship, including the principal sources of risk and danger; 

  • the likelihood of separation/reconciliation; 

  • the particular safeguarding issues raised by the parental relationship;

  • a risk management plan for each member of the family.

Third-party carer (Special Guardianship) assessment – Examines whether any potential carer has an adequate understanding of domestic abuse and their ability to protect the children in their care. Including:

 

  • the impact of domestic abuse on the child/children; 

  • the ongoing risks; 

  • ability to protect the children under specific circumstances (for people being considered as alternative carers).

 

Family assessment – Considers other domestic abusers in the home, for example older adolescents or other adults. This assessment will include interviews with all parties, with the assessment report providing the following:

 

  • static and dynamic risk and vulnerability indicators;

  • identification of risks and the principal source of danger; 

  • recommendation of risk management strategies and treatment options.

 

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