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 Expert Witness Assessments

I can be instructed to provide independent expert Social Work reports in the following areas:

  • Care and Carer Assessments for children and adults
  • Mental Capacity and Best Interests Decisions
  • Deprivation of Liberty Assessments and the Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • The effects of deportation upon children and families
  • Civil negligence in matters relating to older adults (breach of duty reports)

As well as writing reports that are compliant with the various court rules, my expert assessments are routed in Social Work theory and good practice principles so you can be sure of a professional assessment every time.

In addition to instructing me as an expert witness, I can also be instructed as an independent Social Worker.