Ms Alison Smales

Independent Social Worker

Ms Alison Smales is an experienced independent social worker. Specialising in the Human Rights Act, Immigration and Impact of removal assessments for adults.

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Ms Alison Smales is a qualified Social Worker since 2004 working in adult mental health. She has 16 years social work experience working in different local authorities and NHS Trusts in London. Ms Smales also have 8 years experience working as a Social Work Manager in adult and older people mental health in forensic settings. Ms Smales is an approved Mental Health Act professional since 2009 – and is currently employed as a AMHP for the emergency duty team in Camden and as independent social worker.

Ms Alison Smales is also currently employed as a freelance Practice Educator and Visiting Lecturer for Birmingham City University and the University of Kent, giving supervision to social work students on placements or on apprenticeships.

Experience of giving evidence

I have extensive experience of producing high quality, complex reports to tight deadlines, with instruction from solicitors in London and nationwide.  My areas of expertise are Human Rights Act/Immigration and Impact of Removal assessments.  Because I am currently still practicing as a social worker, my reports are of a very high standard and demonstrate my highly developed legal knowledge and an understanding of current practice, policies and procedures within adult social care and psychiatric social work.

Cases undertaken

I have substantial experience in carrying out holistic, legally sound and thorough assessments for clients, including adult mental health, older adults, and forensic.  I am also specialist in working with immigration cases.  My expertise are in providing Social Care Needs assessments for the above client groups includes Care Act Needs Assessments, and Human Rights Act/Impact Of Removal assessments for immigration cases.  These are either because a local authority has completed an assessment, and there is a dispute or challenge over the decision, or there is no local authority involvement and an initial assessment is required.  In addition, I have 18 years experience in working within local authority social care and NHS Trust, and I am familiar with the Care Act, Safeguarding and other statutory policies and procedures.  I am a warranted Approved Mental Health Act Professional (AMHP) currently employed by Camden Council, and have significant experience in producing Mental Health Review Tribunal Reports, Social Circumstances Reports, and Section 117 Aftercare Needs Assessments. I am also highly proficient in completing Health and Social Care Needs Assessments, and Continuing Care Act assessments.  I am also a qualified Registered Intermediary for the Ministry of Justice, providing communication assessments to vulnerable witnesses with mental health needs.  I currently work as a Best Interest Assessor conducting Best Interest Assessments.

Specialist assessments offered

  • Care Act assessments – Adults Mental Health and Older Adults,
  • Human Rights Act assessments
  • Impact of Removal assessments for immigration case and asylum seekers
  • Mental health review tribunal reports
  • Social Circumstances reports for Tribunals
  • Mental health and Substance Misuse needs assessments
  • Adults Care Act assessments
  • Older adults Care Act Assessments
  • Adults social care assessments
  • Older adults social care assessments
  • Safeguarding Enquiries and Investigations
  • Safeguarding – Care Act
  • Safeguarding – Chairing Case Conferences
  • Mental Health Act – Section 117 aftercare needs assessments
  • Communication assessments for police interview and court – people with mental health diagnoses
  • Special Measures and witness vulnerability assessments including impact of mental disorder on ability to achieve best evidence
  • Local authority and privately funded placement reviews
  • Residential care assessments (local authority and privately funded)
  • Package of care reviews
  • Local authority decisions, and challenges to local authority social care decisions
  • Local authority disputes on funding of placements and care packages
  • Continuing care assessments
  • Mental Capacity Assessments and Decisions (social care)
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) assessments
  • Forensic risk analysis, including completion of HCR20s


Mrs Alison Smales availability is Monday to Saturday.

Qualifications and memberships


  • Diploma in Bilingual Business Administration (1997)
  • BA Modern Language Studies – French, German, Psychology (1995)

Professional memberships:

  • Social Work England – Active Membership
  • Registered and insured member of BASW – Independents membership
  • Registered Intermediary (RI) for the Ministry of Justice (2022)
  • Best Interest Assessor (BIA) (2016)
  • Practice Educator qualification – Teaching and Enabling others (2012)
  • Approved Mental Health Professional (2009)

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