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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Immigration ISW Reports

Independent immigration Reports

I have several years’ experience writing immigration reports and can be instructed by human rights and immigration solicitors to complete an independent social work report that explores the effects that deportation might have upon family members where a notice of deportation is being appealed on human rights grounds.

I am an experienced adult and children’s Social Worker and have undertaken training to achieve best evidence when interviewing children and can draw on my skills as a qualified parenting assessor. Due to my experience of working across adult and children’s services, I am well placed to undertake reports that examine the effects of families being separated. I can write independent reports that examine the effects of deportation upon the client and their family including welfare reports for children.

Such times can be distressing not only for the person concerned, but also their families including children. During my interviews with children, I am sensitive to their needs whilst recognising the views of the children are often critical to my report and the outcome of the appeal. I use recent research and social work theories to help explore the effects that separation will have upon children.

Sometimes, the person being assessed is a caregiver or plays a significant role in the care of a vulnerable adult. If this is the case, I can report on the significance of the care they provide and explore how much state-funding is being saved by their unpaid caregiving. If necessary, I can complete a care needs assessment to evidence the care needs of the vulnerable person and whether they would be eligible for state funding.

Most of my immigration reports are Legal Aid Agency (LAA) funded and I charge a reduced rate to reflect LAA accepted rates. I aim to file my reports within 4 weeks of instruction but can complete them sooner if required or you have a hearing approaching that can’t be adjourned.

If you would like to instruct me or receive a copy of my CV, please email for a prompt response.