Expert Risk Assessments

A service used by family court solicitors where domestic violence is the primary child protection concern and the court has ordered an ESSENTIAL expert risk assessment.

Who is at risk

 Purpose of risk assessment reports

  • To provide a report for family court which advises legal professionals in cases of disputed child contact where domestic abuse has been alleged.
  • To assess whether domestic violence is likely to occur or recur between a child's carers (and thereby compromise the child's safety and welfare).
  • To identify the full range and context of risk associated with future harm to the child/children.

Reports

Each report will identify strategies for future risk management and make recommendations for child contact. All reports comply with the latest Practice Direction.

How to make a referral

Family Law Solicitors should call Splitz Support Service on 01225 777724. You will be asked for your details and a member of the risk assessment team will call you back.

Timescales

Reports will be completed six to eight weeks from receipt of the letter of instruction and court bundle. Please contact us on a case-by-case basis, as our workload varies.

Costs

Our fees conform to the codified rate for risk assessment experts set out by the Legal Aid Agency. Costs per case vary, depending on complexity, the number of individuals concerned, the amount of documentation to be examined, and the extent of any travelling involved. Please contact us on a case-by-case basis for an estimate.

Standards

We comply with Respect guidance and use the standardized DV-RAF (C Bell, Ahimsa, Date).

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