Risk Assessments (Fostering/Adoption)

Risk Assessments for Social Services/Adoption Teams and Fostering Agencies
Child and Dog

  • Do you want to adopt a child, but you have a dog that has never been around children?
  • Do you need to provide an risk assessment to support your foster or adoption application?
  • Do you work for social services and have a client whose dog(s) require an assessment?

As the leading dog behaviour experts in the local area, Oakwood have been used by a number of foster/adoption agencies and local authorities to assess dogs and the homes of potential adoptive parents or foster carers. 

The assessment process involves: 

  • A visit to the home lasting approximately 1hr (longer if there are more than 1 dogs)
  • A full report sent to the agency authorising the assessment, which includes:
    • Practical considerations regarding home environment and recommendations
    • Temperament and behaviour of the dog in relation to the family and strangers, including handling, collar holding and behaviour around food/treats/toys).
    • A professional opinion on the risks these animals present to children and how these risks could be mitigated
    • General advice regarding the safe introduction of children and animals

The cost for this service is £150 per dog including expenses within the HU postcodes.

To discuss this process please call 01482 823555, option 1 and speak with Gill, our Head Behaviour Counsellor.