Immigration and Asylum Services

Social Circumstances Assessments and Reports (Immigration)

After the 9th July 2012 any child who has lived in the UK for seven years can make an application to remain under Private Life. Social Circumstances reports completed for legal firms in these immigration cases by Professionals such as myself, will become an integral part of the application. We have already experienced much success with our Social Circumstances reports in the high court.

Section 37 Investigation

This enquiry in to a child’s circumstances by our independent social worker covers all aspects of the case.  This report aims to ascertain whether the significant harm threshold has been met and to assist in the subsequent decision making process.

Viability Assessments

These assessments are carried out by our Independent Social Workers who collate evidence which produces a comprehensive report on alternative childcare arrangements for children who cannot remain with their parents.

Connected Persons Assessment

These assessments are carried out by our Independent Social Workers who collate evidence which produces a comprehensive report on whether a child can be cared for by a specific family member.

Parenting Assessments

These assessments are carried out by our Independent Social Workers who collate evidence which produces a comprehensive report outlining the risks to the child and how these can be minimised.

Section 7 Reports

This assessment and subsequent report informs the court of a child’s wishes and feelings in cases where parents no longer live together and continue not to be in agreement about where their child should live or what contact they will have with the absent parent.

‘Parent Assessment Manual’ Assessments

‘Parent Assessment Manual’ Assessments are also known as PAMS assessments and include assessment of:

  • child care and development
  • behaviour management
  • independent living skills
  • safety and hygiene
  • parents’ health
  • relationships and support
  • the impact of the environment and community on parenting.

Where a parent has a learning difficulty or disability, a PAMS assessment provides techniques that the assessor should use when they are working with parents and families with this diagnosis.

When completing a PAMS assessment the assessor will look at the parents knowledge and quality of their parenting skills. By assessing all of these different areas of parenting, the assessing social worker forms a picture and gathers evidence of how the family functions and the quality of the parents parenting skills. The result is an evidence and knowledge-based report.

Immigration Consultancy and Assessment

The use of a Social Circumstances assessment and report for the UKBA or court can assist the decision makers in whether to allow a child and family to remain in the UK. This report looks at the needs of the child and family in a holistic way. Our assessments cover the emotional, practical and cultural needs of the clients to produce an assessment outlining their situation and reasons for wanting to remain in the UK and reasons why this is supported by the independent social worker. We have had very good success with our social circumstances reports in immigration cases and they have been heard in the crown court. See our recent feedback.

Merton-compliant Age Assessments

An independent assessment from a trained Social Worker who has undergone training in the holistic and thorough completion of the Merton template from The Refugee Council in London. Up to date research and findings are used to complete the Merton Assessment using dental research and growth patterns in differing nationalities. We have a very good success rate with these assessments being used in the High Court.

Out of Country Appeals

The essence of our reports shows evidence of your private and family life in the UK, by taking evidence directly from your family members in the UK, particularly any children you are separated from. This report will detail the bonds, links and attachments these family members, especially children have with you and how they are being negatively affected by your absence.

Contact us to discuss your situation further!