Risk Assessments for Child Adoption & Fostering Agencies / Social Services / School Dog Assessments

As respected animal behaviour experts, Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCAB's) are regularly instructed by Social Services or child adoption or fostering organisations to assess pets within a household. This is primarily for dogs but can also apply to other species. 

As a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), I am able to provide this service. I then prepare a detailed report which is sent to the organisation requesting the assessment. If necessary this can be presented to the court.

The assessment process involves:

  • A home visit lasting approximately two hours

 A report is then sent to the organisation requesting the assessment, to include:

  • Owner experience and relationship with the animal(s)
  • Exposure and behaviour in social situations, training background and health issues
  • Practical home considerations
  • Behaviour and temperament with household members, visitors, the general public and children of various age groups
  • A professional opinion on any risks these animals may present to children
  • Advice regarding the introduction of children and animals

I am also able to conduct a behaviour, risk and welfare assessment for dogs being considered for a school or therapy-based role.

The cost for this service is £525 based on a single dog in the home or school, plus travel fees incurred (£1.50 for return mileage from GU51). Please contact me for a quote for other species or for multi-dog households or environments.


By combining extensive experience and sound scientific knowledge, I provide the following services.

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Animal behaviour consultations

Animal behaviour consultations address concerns such as anxiety, fear, phobias, frustration, aggression, separation-related issues, house soiling and repetitive behaviour. I provide dog, cat and rabbit behaviour consultations.

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Behaviour referral service for Veterinary Surgeons

I offer a professional behavioural referral service for Veterinary Surgeons and their clients.

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Animal behaviour assessments & reports for child adoption or fostering agencies / Social Services / School Dog Assessments

If animal owners are applying to adopt or foster a child, or on referral from social services or in cases of school dogs, I assess the behaviour and temperament of animals within the home or school.

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Animal behaviour or welfare expert witness services

I provide criminal or civil act expert witness services, to include a report-based unbiased expert opinion concerning the behaviour or welfare of domesticated dogs, cats or rabbits. I also attend court where necessary.

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Peer-reviewed published articles

I have written animal behaviour articles which have been peer-reviewed and published.

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Teaching and supervision

For those with a level 6 or above academic qualification who have CCAB pre-certification and are therefore working towards their CCAB accreditation, I can provide teaching and supervision opportunities.

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