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Failed viability assesment

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:02 pm
by MrsB
Hi everyone.

Me and my husband have been looking after our nephew for the last 10 weeks. We underwent a fostering assesment and failed due to not revealing a previous incident from my husbands previous marriage. He was arrested and NOT charged for a domestic which resulted in a mirror being broken 14 years ago. My husband had completely forgotten about this incident.


Anyway, to cut a long story short. Has anyone applied to be a part of the care proceedings and applied for a child arrangements order at the same time?

Many thanks.

Re: Failed viability assesment

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:38 pm
by Suzie, FRG Adviser
Dear Mrs B

Welcome to the family and friends carers’ discussion forum and thank you for your post.

My name is Suzie, online adviser at Family Rights Group.

I am sorry that you have had a negative assessment due to a historical incident of domestic violence which was not mentioned during the assessment. Was this the viability assessment and was no police checks carried out before your nephew was placed in your care? If this was the only thing that caused you to have a negative assessment you may wish to challenge it and ask for a further assessment by an independent social worker, as it was a long time ago. There may be other concerns of course.

In order to do have a further assessment or, as you have asked apply for a child arrangement order, you would need to apply to be joined as a party to the care proceedings. This is done by completing the appropriate form on which you would inform the court what you are asking for the judge to do.

Please read our advice sheets Care (and related) proceedings and DIY Child Arrangements Orders: information for family and friends carers for more information.

Should you wish to speak to an adviser, please telephone our advice line on 0808 801 0366. The advice line is open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Best wishes

Suzie