OFS is available to undertake independent welfare visits and safety checks for and on behalf of Local Authorities and police. We are available to undertake any piece of assessment anytime. (24/7)
Our dynamic team undertake all types of independent Family, Kinship and Viability assessments in the UK and abroad (outside UK) for Local Authorities, Families and Courts. A completed assessment is offered within 3 working days in England and 5 working days across the UK. Express overseas assessments are completed within 2 to 3 weeks. We also undertake standard overseas assessment within 5 to 7 weeks,depending on the country and travel restrictions. If assessment is commissioned outside UK, the assessment is charged at the standard Viability rate plus airfare and hotel accommodation. Where an interpreter may be required, the agency will negotiate fee to cover this cost.
Our experienced social workers will complete a full assessment between 4*to 8* weeks. All completed assessments are quality assured by OFS quality assurance team. We guarantee assessment that is thoroughly checked, evidenced and analysed. This means you do not have to do any further work on the report before it is filed in court, and presented to the Fostering and Adoption panel. Our assessor shall always be available to present the report themselves on the day the application is determined.
Viability assessments will cost between £450 and £2,500 depending on location and nature of the assessment being requested. Comprehensive assessment will cost between £2000 and £7000.
We recognise that assessment costs may need to be based on the family size and the complexity of the case. These factors often determine who needs to be involved in the assessment and costing will be agreed with the referring agent at the beginning or review of assessment and any additional costs would be agreed at the six-week review stage.