As you will be aware, the health and social care sector (like others) is working hard to maintain essential services in what are extremely challenging times. Whilst the manner in which many of us work is being adapted in line with current Government and Public Health England guidance, it is recognised that much of the work we undertake can’t simply just stop. So, there is a balance to be had between ensuring, as far as possible, the wellbeing of everyone (especially vulnerable people) and maintaining vital services. I am committed to maintaining as many of the services I provide throughout this period of uncertainty whilst acting responsibly to help ensure the safety of those I work with, vulnerable people and their carers.

To this end, until further notice, the following will apply:

Where possible, I will assess and consult people using non face-to-face methods such as Skype and telephone calls. Sometimes this is not possible and, in those situations, where safe to do so, I will continue with a face-to-face approach. If this is required, current Government guidelines will be followed. Whichever method will be adopted will depend entirely upon the nature and urgency of the work and will be discussed with the instructing party and care providers where applicable.

I wish you a safe and healthy time as we work together over the coming months,

Best Wishes, Gary.

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Independent Social Worker, Mental Capacity Assessor and Expert Witness

I warmly welcome you to Gary Crisp Consultants. I’m Gary Crisp, an experienced, Independent Social Worker (Registered with Social Work England and Social Care Wales), mental capacity assessor and Expert Witness. I am committed to providing you with an excellent service every time whether it’s a one-off report or a regular programme of training.  My work generally covers London and the South of England, although I am happy to consider instruction from anywhere in the UK.

I provide a unique approach to Social Work because I have experience in adult and children’s Social Work.  For adults, my areas of expertise are mental capacity assessments, best interests, care assessments, deprivation of liberty (and Liberty Protection Safeguards), CHC (continuing healthcare) and breach of duty (Civil Litigation) reports.  For children, I can be instructed to complete independent parenting assessments, care assessments, carer assessments, and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) appeals and tribunal reports. When completing parenting assessments, I specialise in assessments for adults who live with Learning Disabilities.

Social Workers are highly skilled at assessment and report writing. I am particularly skilled at forensically analyzing facts and providing an independent, unbiased opinion about a particular matter.  Because of the specialist nature of my work, I complete all assessments and reports myself and don’t sub-contract any work to others.  I pride myself in attention to detail and can ensure all assessments and reports are completed to the highest standards.  I understand that time is often of the essence when undertaking any work, particularly for the courts and tribunals so I aim to complete all reports within 4 weeks of being instructed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to instruct me or discuss any aspect of my work.

I’m instructed by individuals, solicitors, case management companies, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and care homes to provide high quality reports, assessments and training in the following areas:

Independent Social Work Reports and Mental Capacity Assessments for Solicitors and Case Management Companies

With over a decade of experience as a Social Worker, expert witness and writing assessment reports for courts and tribunals, I am often asked to complete high quality reports and mental capacity assessments for solicitors and case management companies.  Often, when a person uses a case management company to manage their health and social care needs, they don’t engage the local authority and benefit from the duties imposed upon Local Authorities such as the duty to assess needs and develop a support plan. Instead, they instruct independent health and social care professionals when required. I can be instructed by solicitors and case management companies to provide services such as Care Act assessments, support plans, mental capacity assessments, best interests decisions and advice about deprivation of liberty. Please look at the services I offer and if you require the support of an Independent Social Worker or would like to discuss any aspect of Social Work with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


I have been a frontline Social Worker since 2009 and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience (as well as my training qualification) to every training session I provide, regardless of whether it is a single session or regular programme.  I can offer training virtually or face to face and all of my live training is bespoke which means I deliver exactly what you need.  I write all of my training material which ensuring that you always have the most up-to-date information in your training.  Sometimes organisations only require training on one aspect of a subject… that’s no problem either.  For larger groups (over 25 delegates), I can provide my training as a webinar.  I can provide training at various levels from introduction to advanced in the following areas:

Carbon Negative with a Difference

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I adopt the same values and priorities in my professional life as I do in my personal life.  As well as ensuring that my carbon emissions are as low as possible, I offset my carbon footprint by ensuring trees are planted and you can be a part of this too.  For every instruction I receive, a new tree is planted – your tree. However, this is far more than planting trees, which of course is important. Treedom directly finances small agroforestry projects across the world. The philosophy of Treedom is to realize sustainable ecosystems and allow thousands of farmers to support the initial costs of planting new trees, ensuring food autonomy and income opportunities over time. This has environmental as well as social and economic benefits.

When you instruct me, you will be supporting farmers to plant and nurture young trees which they will benefit from for years to come and it really is your tree that’s being planted.  I can track every tree that is planted and I can even send you details of your tree so you can also track its progress!  Please let me know if you would like details of your tree.  If not, rest assured that one has been planted and that I know which one is yours.

Mental Capacity Assessments For Solicitors
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