Children’s Services may plan to place a child, who has been or is at risk of being removed from their parents care, with extended family members or other third parties. In this case, and where domestic violence has been a concern, they may need an assessment of the potential carer’s understanding and insight into those concerns, as well as their capacity to safeguard any child/ren in their care. If you have been referred to DVIP for a Family Member Assessment, this page is intended to answer any queries you may have if you have any other concerns please contact us.
This is an assessment that will look at your understanding of domestic violence and your ability to protect the child/ren in your care.
You may be referred to DVIP for this form of assessment if Children’s Services have identified you as a potential carer for a child who has been, or may be, removed from their parents care due to concerns regarding domestic violence.
We only accept referrals from Children’s Services for these and any other public law assessments.
Once we have received all the documentation we require, the assessor assigned to your case will invite you to 2-3 interviews. This will usually be the same assessor who completed an assessment of the child/ren’s parent/s.
All of the interview appointments will take place at our Southwark offices, near Waterloo station. We are unable to accommodate children on the premises so you may need to arrange child care in advance and, while you may wish to bring someone with you, they will not be able to wait at the premises or join you in the interview. If you require help with access please contact us before your appointment.
A family member assessment report for the Family Court usually takes 4-6 weeks from when we receive all the necessary documents.
Usually, Children’s Services will fund these assessments.
When your social worker refers you they should advise that an interpreter is required and so one will be arranged for all of your interviews.
The assessment report will be sent to the social worker or solicitor who referred you. The court will consider the recommendations in the report and may make further orders regarding contact arrangements or treatment.
Should you have any further questions, please contact us