Assessing the Risk, Protecting the Child What is Assessing the Risk?

Man and a woman talking earnestlyChildren’s services departments and courts often have to make difficult decisions about who children can live with and have contact with.

If a man isn’t in the criminal justice system but there are concerns about or convictions for sexual abuse in his past, they need to know exactly how much risk there is to children that he might live with.

Assessing the Risk, Protecting the Child is our service for assessing the risks to children in situations like these, so we can help the courts or children’s services make the best decision for the child.

How it works

We interview a whole family where the man has been accused or convicted of a sexual offence.

We want to get the full picture of how they’re doing, what they’re feeling and what kinds of help, support and monitoring they might need for the man to be in safe contact with the child.

The children’s wishes are really important so we have up to 6 sessions with them. We explore their wishes, feelings and views about their family and contact with the man. We check what they know and understand about the man and the situation through activities like sand play, art and craft and general discussion.

We can then help the man change the way he thinks and behaves, and make a plan for him that will keep the whole family safe.

Children's stories

"He was my father and I thought that whatever he was doing to me was normal."

Read Gareth's story

Where Assessing the Risk is available

Belfast

0844 892 0282

Birmingham

0121 200 4600

Blackpool

01253 345001

Cardiff

0844 892 0290

Carlisle

01228 521 829

Craigavon

028 3839 9951

Glasgow

0141 440 6300

Middlesbrough

01642 856400

Nottingham

0115 960 5481

Plymouth

0844 892 0288

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