Expert Risk Assessments

***WillisPalmer has merged with ISWA Ltd as of the 1st April 2017.

Both WillisPalmer and ISWA are long standing businesses which have collaborated extensively in the past. We hold the same core values and aim to provide services which are child focussed, quality driven and are offered at value for money to local authorities and others.

Together, we will become the largest independent social work agency in the UK, thus offering a large geographical spread, an increased pool of practitioners, wider expertise, and a development allowing for economies of scale.*** Click here to visit the WillisPalmer website

  • Forensic Risk Assessments of Children and Families

    ISWA provides Assessments for Local Authorities and Courts.

    • Assessments use the Assessment Framework; Parenting Assessment Manual; psychometric tests such as Parenting Stress Index (P.S.I, S.I.P.A andChild Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP) and other standardised questionnaires; multi-sourced evidence from structured interviews and observations.
    • Our assessors’ reports contain comprehensive analysis, underpinned by research, with realistic, achievable recommendations.

    Our assessors have specific expertise in family cases involving:

    • Risk Assessments of Parents
    • Neglect
    • Complex histories
    • Substance misuse
    • Mental Illness
    • Domestic Violence
    • Learning disability
    • Physical, emotional and sexual violence
  • Viability Risk Assessment

    ISWA provides preliminary assessments on the viability of parents or relatives to safeguard and meet the needs of a child within the family.  This can:

    • Expedite Proceedings
    • Provide early indication of direction of travel
    • Identify family members with  potential to care
    • Channel limited resources.
  • Pre-Proceedings Assessments

    In partnership with Local Authority practitioners, ISWA can assist by:

    • Providing Risk Assessments in complex matters being considered for Court Application.
    • Preparing complex cases for Court Proceedings.
    • Using Viability Assessments and Family Group Conferences to identify family members with potential to care for children of the family.
    • Removing the need for Court intervention to instruct multiple assessments.
    • Avoiding delay.
  • International Cases

    ISWA associates have:

    • Developed considerable expertise in undertaking Risk Assessments of parents and other family members across the world. 
    • This has included countries such as Thailand, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Uganda, India, Pakistan and most European States. 
    • We are also highly experienced in dealing with cases of refugee families entering the UK.
  • Negligence in Child Protection Cases

    ISWA’s associates have significant experience of operating within a range of care environments and have therefore:

    • Direct knowledge of many safeguarding systems both past and present.
    • Expertise to offer opinion in cases when there is the possibility of negligence in relation to the duty of care towards children who have been looked after.