Cath Thomas

Independent Social Worker


Cath Thomas is an experienced independent social worker and social work consultant who provides independent assessments, reports and professional advice in private and public family law proceedings.

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Cath has 13 years’ experience in statutory children’s social work, specialising in child protection, Public Law Outline, adoption and private law.  Cath’s experience as a social worker includes various local authority senior managerial roles, most recently as Head of Service for Child Protection, Court and Permanence, and previously Head of Service for Safeguarding and Review.

Cath is able to undertake a wide range of assessments and reports in relation to children and families in need, both within and outside of the court arena.

Experience of giving evidence

Cath has substantial experience in giving evidence in family proceedings and in mentoring and supporting others to give evidence.

Case undertaken

Cath specialises in undertaking assessments to inform the Public Law Outline process including care proceedings, permanence planning and adoption, as well as private law proceedings.

Specialist assessments offered

s7 / s37 reports
Parenting assessments
Risk assessments
Domestic abuse assessments
PAMS assessments (for parents with learning difficulties)
Parent Assess assessments (for parents with learning difficulties)
Viability and kinship assessments
Form F (foster carer) assessments
Sibling / together or apart assessments
SGO assessments
Contact assessments
Post adoption contact assessment
Adoption reports

Languages spoken

  • English – Fluent


Cath is available to undertake assessments within specific timeframes, at short notice and within short timescales if required.

Qualifications & Professional memberships


  • BSc Social Work (1st class)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work with Children and Families

Professional memberships:

  • Member of Social Work England
  • Member of British Association of Social Workers
  • Member of Coram Baaf

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