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Parenting / Risk Assessments – is a detailed, community based assessment designed to identify potential risks to the child (e.g. child sex abuse, neglect, emotional / physical abuse, drug abuse).  The risk assessment relies on information gathered from the child, parents and extended family and professional network. Read More.

Viability Assessment – is a preliminary assessment process, usually required when a Local Authority is seeking to identify alternative child care arrangements for a child who is unable to remain with their parent.  Read more.

Connected Persons Assessment – is a tool for gathering information about whether or not a specific family member is able to provide care to a child in the short term and long term. Read More.

Foster Carer Assessment – is an assessment tool used by Local Authorities, Independent Fostering agencies and Supervising Social Workers to assess prospective foster carers. Read More.

Child and Family Assessment – Details coming soon. Read More.

PAMS Assessments – Details coming soon. Read More.

Court Reports / Tribunals

Section 37 investigation – is an enquiry in to a child’s circumstances by a Social Worker. This reports aims to ascertain whether the significant harm threshold has been met and to assist in the subsequent decision making process. Read More.

Section 7 Reports – this is a report informing the Court of a child's wishes and feelings in cases where parents no longer live together and are not in agreement about where their child will live or what contact they will have with their absent parent, so need the assistance of the Court to make a plan for their child. Read More.

Social Work Services

Child Permanence Report – is presented to an Adoption/Fostering panel to enable a decision to be made about whether it is in a child’s best interests to be placed for adoption or with long term foster carers. Read More.

Family Group Conference – is a process involving a child’s wider family in planning how to safe guard a child and deciding where a child is going to live. Read More.

Independent Reviewing Officer – is the person who ensures that a Child Looked After by a Local Authority has regular reviews to consider the care plan and placement. Read More.

Annual Foster Care Review – In accordance with The Fostering Services Regulations 2001 there should be a review of a foster carers’ approval at least once a year, to assess whether they are suitable to continue as foster carers. Read More.

Consultancy and Investigation

Stage 2 Complaints - Investigating Officer – An Avocet Investigating Officer is a qualified Social Worker with knowledge of and/or experience in the field relevant to the complaint. Read More.

Stage 2 Complaints - Independent Person – An Avocet Independent Person is the person appointed by a Local Authority to oversee the process as the Investigating Officer carries out the Stage 2 complaint investigation. Read More.

Stage 3 Review Panel - Independent Panellist – An Avocet Independent Person is the person appointed by a Local Authority to oversee the process as the Investigating Officer carries out the Stage 2 complaint investigation.
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Social Work Training

An Introduction to Safe Guarding Children - is a one day course aimed at those working in the community with children. Read More.

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A survey by the British Association of Social Workers last week revealed that a staggering amount of Front Line Social Workers feel that they have been unable to protect children in their care due to the pressure of work.... read more
Is the government to blame for Child Protection Chief Executive’s resignation?
Jim Gamble resigned as Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) on Monday, leading to widespread criticism of the government’s actions involving the agency.... read more
Looked after children statistics released by the Department for Education
30th September saw a Statistical First Release (SFR) of information regarding the numbers of looked after children in the UK. It also looked into the reason a child is looked after, their legal status and the type of placement they are currently in. The information also takes into account the numbers of children no longer looked after, and the number who started to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2010.... read more
BBC appeal lifts restriction on naming Local Authority
A court appeal by the BBC has lifted restrictions on naming a local authority after a recent court case.... read more
57 weeks for a Family Court decision
It seems ironic that the recent comments about Independent Social Workers by Ms Marion Davis are followed by research highlighting the length of time it takes for Family Court proceedings. The research by Barnardos shows that an average of 57 weeks pass before a decision is made.... read more
Are Independent Social Workers just an ‘expensive part of the landscape’?
It is a little over a month since Ms Marion Davis, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services released a statement regarding the use of Independent Social Workers during court proceedings.... read more
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