list of people who carry out risk assessments is not exhaustive, nor
does it represent individuals or organisations that we would recommend.
Rather, it provides a starting point for people working within the
Church’s safeguarding structures in Dioceses and Religious Orders
to make contact and explore the possibility of employing these services
for individual risk assessments.
of these or other risk assessors should be done following guidance
within the Catholic Church's policy on independent risk assessments.
The policy specifies criteria to be met by independent risk assessors
and can be accessed on the CSAS website; the essential requirements
are summarised below.
Catholic Church in England and Wales has national policies and procedures
governing how the Church should prevent abuse and respond to allegations
and concerns that are made against people in a Church setting. In
many cases where allegations are made, although statutory investigation
may not lead to a finding of guilt in Court, concerns about continuing
risks of abuse frequently remain and must be addressed if the Church
is to protect vulnerable people of all ages. The Church believes that
assessments of risk should be reasonable, professional and proportionate
and the Church is committed to accessing high quality assessments
to assist it in its valuable safeguarding work. The Church needs,
therefore, to appoint people who are appropriately qualified, trained
and experienced in assessment of child sex offenders in particular.
organisations or individuals commissioned to undertake risk assessment
of sex offenders must meet the following criteria:
Employ professional staff who are trained in and experienced in
the assessment and treatment of sex offenders
Have clear arrangements for professional supervision of staff in
Be able to demonstrate effective links to statutory safeguarding
Have experience in working co-operatively with statutory safeguarding
agencies in England & Wales
Demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development &
appropriate professional networks, for example by Membership of
NOTA (the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers)
Able to identify and address potential conflicts of interest.
Demonstrate victim awareness
Have adequate professional indemnity insurance
Have experience in the presentation of evidence to Courts
Have provided such services to more than one service user
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
|Department of Clinical Psychology,
Princess Royal Hospital,
Tel: 01444 441881
|Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
Specialises in adult mental health.
Since 1988 involved with adults where child abuse has occurred
145-157 St. John St.
Tel: 0845 056 5443
|Run by Professor David Middleton
Consultancy, training and research for public services in sex offender risk assessment and risk management
Contracted to the Independent Safeguarding Authority to provide reports for the DCSF.
Experience of presenting evidence to courts.
Tel: 07811 495725
|Founder member of West Midlands Sex Offender Unit.
Has worked with the Police in the area of public protection
Assessments typically involve three or four sessions with the subject of the assessment.
Average cost of an assessment is £1600 at a rate of £65 per hour
He has worked with men in the main but will work with women with a female colleague
Has conducted in excess of thirty risk assessments for the Catholic Church
|David Heron Associates
||PO BOX 91,
Tel: Not given
Email: Not given
|Works independently, providing consultancy, assessment and treatment services to agencies concerned with child and public protection.
|Lucy Faithfull Foundation
||The Lucy Faithfull Foundation,
Tel: 01527 591 922
Employer’s decision making regarding employees against whom allegations of a sexual nature have been made
Assessment and treatment of perpetrators to manage and reduce risk and identify and meet treatment needs
Management of male and female offenders in prison or under community supervision.
PO Box 6957
Tel: 07760 112985
|Independent expert providing risk assessments in cases involving sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Has 30 years experience of assessing and treating sexual and violent offenders within the criminal justice system.
Has experience of appearing in the criminal and family courts as an expert witness, and is a member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. Qualified to risk assess convicted or alleged sexual offenders - be they male, female, adult or adolescent.
Has experience of providing services to faith groups.
Provides consultancy re risk management/child and public protection issues, and referrals accepted from anywhere within the UK.
National Clinical Assessment And Treatment Service (NCATS)
|Further information available through Fresh Start
Tel: 0207 742 81500
|Assessment, treatment and consultation service for children and young people up to age 21 who have been victims or perpetrators of sexually harmful behaviour.
Multi disciplinary team.
The project is managed by the NSPCC and Islington Primary Care Trust.
Several projects around the country provide independent assessments.
As a central point of contact for enquiries, contact Steve Landy
Children’s Services Manager
South London Safer Communities Project
Tel: 020 8256 5940
|Risk assessments on adults who have, or are alleged to have, sexually harmed children.
Consultation on offender management and child safeguarding.
Has provided risk assessments for faith organisations.
Staff are from probation, social services and non-statutory agencies.
|Parsons Dowd Psychological Ltd
||Address: Not given
Tel: 0191 286 2831
|Risk assessment by psychologists of sex offenders in criminal/civil cases. It is worth discussion to see what they can do outside this particular remit.
Independent Social Worker
|Independent Assessment & Consultancy
PO Box 128
Tel: 07549 046 121
|Risk assessments on adults who have, or are alleged to have, sexually harmed children and young people. Consultation to agencies on safeguarding and risk management. Experience of safeguarding and undertaking risk assessments within faith settings. Experience as past member of Diocesan Safeguarding Commission. Based in North West. Referrals accepted nationally.
57 Great George Street
Telephone Number:+44 (0) 777-173-2104
Helpline: Not Given
|Mental Health Consultancy offering number of systemic services including:
developing assessment and treatment services for victims of abuse;
developing assessment and treatment services for perpetrators of abuse;
improving staff selection;
changing organisational cultures to enhance transparency;
teaching and training; improving management practices;
improving supervision practices;
developing support groups for non-abusive men and women religious;
improving the media portrayal of the RC Church in relation to management of abuse crisis.
|Phoenix Forensic Consultants
|PO Box 722
Tel: 01483 527857 or 07809 719210
|Risk assessment reports and devise short term treatment interventions for adult and adolescent males.
Specialise in reports on individuals with an emphasis on people of faith.
Have provided risk assessment reports to the Catholic Church and other religious organisations.
Approach consists of Initial reading and preparation time; telephone and written liaison with referrer and any other agreed parties.
Client interviews are normally up to 8 hours
Review of interview material i.e. audio/video tapes and preparation for report
Reading and or researching of other relevant material
Provision of report
Sam Baeza & Philip Dodgson
|5 The Drive
Tel: 01273 778123
|Sam Baeza has completed several risk assessments on Catholic priests and clergy of other denominations. He works mainly in the south coastal area up to London region. Costs are £130 per hour and include reading of background papers, interviews and report.
|St Luke's Centre
||St Luke's Centre
Tel: 0161 226 4563
|Professional risk assessment
Case management consultation
Focus on priests and men and women Religious.
CEOP & Police Trained Consultant
|Tim Rogers Consulting
0116 259 7084
|An independent Child Protection Consultant with unique experience and skills.
A former detective working within the Police Public Protection Unit, proactively managing over 100 sex offenders.
A member of the Child Exploitation Online Protection service academy.
Qualified in the Forensic Behavioural Psychology and Risk Assessment of Child Sex Offenders (Uclan and CEOP)
• Forensic interviews
• Dynamic & static risk assessments to expert court witness level
• Cold case reviews
• Preliminary enquiry process, including forensic reports
• Bespoke solutions to any areas of concern surrounding child protection, welfare and allegations