We are the UK’s leading independent provider of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, paediatricians and business change consultants, completing over 4,000 reports each year for solicitors, Courts, local authorities, panels and organisations.
With over 500 experts, across the disciplines of psychiatry, paediatrics, psychology and social work, we are able to offer a variety of assessments within legal proceedings at legal aid rates. Most assessments are completed within 6 weeks of instruction, although shorter timescales can often be secured.
For Local Authorities, Courts, Independent Fostering Agencies and Voluntary Adoption Agencies we provide a full range of independent assessments from parenting assessments to assessments of alternative carers, including prospective foster carers and adopters.
EXPERT WITNESS FAMILY-BASED ASSESSMENTS
We have 20 years’ experience in delivering family law assessments to courts nationwide. Both our teams and expert base have a excellent working knowledge of the challenges facing children and families, as well as professionals who are supporting them through the court process and is underpinned by a thorough understanding of the relevant legislation and guidance. We therefore understand the need for timely, robust, evidenced assessments and are able to provide a fully managed, supportive and seamless service from referral to report.
Our nationwide network of experts, all of whom who have been subject to a rigorous recruitment process that is compliant with the Ministry of Justice Quality Standards for experts, are at the heart of the company and our reputation relies on their excellence.
On receipt of a referral our experienced team will offer a choice of experts, along with cost estimates and timescales. We ensure that those experts have a skill set tailored to your needs and are local to you. We can do this on the same day, usually within the hour. Most assessments are completed within 6 weeks of instruction, although shorter timescales can often be secured.
All assessments can be completed remotely or in person either on a fixed fee basis or, for assessments within legal proceedings, at legal aid rates.
local authority assessments
We work directly with a number of local authorities nationwide, providing assessments through early intervention, edge of care, pre proceedings, care proceedings, carer recruitment and beyond. We are able to offer a range of assessments to support decision making and intervention at each stage, and can offer both fixed fee and legal aid rates dependent on this. Our teams and experts work closely with our local authority partners to understand their individual needs, to ensure that the assessments and service we provide is tailored to this. Our list of assessments for Local Authorities includes:
• Parenting assessments
• PAMS and Parent Assess Assessments
• Form F assessments Adoption (both PAR and Annex A)
• Connected Persons
• Special Guardianship Order
• Sibling assessments
• Age assessments
• Psychological (including cognitive functioning)
• Paediatric (both assessment of children and paper-exercises)
Independent Fostering Agencies and Voluntary Adoption Agencies' assessments
Our experience in working with Independent Fostering Agencies and Voluntary Adoption Agencies to provide Form F and PAR assessments spans a number of years and we understand the importance of completing robust, evidenced based and supportive assessments of prospective carers, which assesses and demonstrates their ability to be resilient, caring and adaptable.
We work closely with our IFA and VAA clients to understand their recruitment and approval needs. We have assessors based nationwide who are both trained and experienced in undertaking fostering and adoption assessments, who can provide additional capacity as needed.
Assessments are completed to panel deadlines and are set at fixed fees, which includes all travel and panel attendance.
Criminal Law Assessments
Our highly skilled psychologists, psychiatrists and paediatricians have a wealth of knowledge and experience in undertaking assessments of those within criminal law. They are able to assess both adolescents and adults at various stages of the criminal justice system, including pre-trial, pre-sentencing and for parole. All assessments are completed at Legal Aid rates. Examples of assessments we offer are as follows:
- Fitness to plead
- Failure to provide a specimen
- Pre-sentence reports
- Independent reports for the Parole Board
- Forensic risk assessments (violence, sexual offending)
- Specialist assessments of mental health, learning difficulties/disabilities, forensic behaviours
ADULT MENTAL CAPACITY ASSESSMENTS
Our nationwide network of experienced Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding [DoLS] assessors are appropriately trained and qualified, all either approved under section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983 or registered medical practitioners with at least three years’ post-registration experience.
Additionally, our Best Interest Assessors [BIA] all have at least two years’ post-qualification experience and have completed approved training to be a BIA.
Our assessors are supported by a team of highly trained, dedicated case handlers who will be responsible for your case from start to finish. This means you will have one point of contact throughout the assessment and reassurance that if any issues arise, they will be dealt with quickly and effectively.
Our adult based assessments include:
• Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessments (including BIA)
• Care Act Assessments (including Carers Assessments)
• Mental Capacity Assessments (including CoP3 for Court of Protection)
Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR)
We aim for all of our assessments to be completed within a twenty-one-day timescale, meeting the legal requirements for a standard authorisation. However, we may also be able to complete an assessment in as little as 7 days in cases where the applicant is already receiving care and where an urgent authorisation has been requested.
The cost agreements that we provide are all based on a fixed fee framework and are dependent on which sections of the DoLS assessment you have requested.
we ensure a rigorous recruitment process
Security and expertise
Our experts have minimum number of years’ post qualification relevant experience and necessary references, as well as DBS checks, professional registration and insurances.
We manage each referral individually, matching the needs of your assessment to the expertise and experience of our experts to ensure the best outcome.
Wide expert choice
We offer a wide choice of experts at the beginning of the referral stage, with copies of their CVs and any further information you require in order to make your decision.
Our in-house quality assurance team of experts review each report prior to filing so it meets court and panel standards, so our clients can be assured of the quality of all reports.
advocacy for children in care
Please take a few moments to watch our film about Independent Visiting and see for yourself the difference this service can make to children in care and to the volunteers that help support them.
It’s the small things that make a real difference…..
At Reconstruct, we recruit, match and support 100’s of volunteers and young people every year. Watch our short video hear why our young people find this such a valuable service.
Our independent visitors, who are volunteers and independent of Social Services, establish a supportive and long term relationship with a young person. They will guide and listen to a young person, helping to build their self-esteem and develop new interests and skills over time. It’s fun, and it makes a real difference.
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