We have many years’ experience working with legal professionals from private practices and local authorities to provide expert witness services in child and family, criminal and civil court proceedings. Our psychologists have extensive experience in child and family law, both within public and private law, and are able to provide high quality, reliable expert witness reports on a range of psychological issues.
For local authorities we also offer a Pre-proceedings service. With the changes in Legal Aid Agency funding coupled with the reduction in number of expert instructions and timescales for proceedings, the burden of evidence gathering is falling heavily on local authorities. These changes are coming at a time of reducing resources. Psychology Associates is already helping a number of local authorities to overcome this by providing the resources to begin evidence gathering much earlier. We provide:
Independent, professional, experienced and HCPC-registered psychologists
Quick access to other specialist psychologists when specific advice is needed, such as neuropsychological conditions, learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions.
A collaborative and supportive approach to working with you whilst maintaining high standards of clinical independence
Full administrative back-up at our head office
Added value through our other services such as training, support or professional supervision.
Access to a range of therapy programmes
All of our psychologists who produce expert witness reports are registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council and recognised within their field of psychological expertise.
“I thought the report was very thorough and would certainly recommend Dr P in future”
– Ms Fiona Jones, Senior Legal Assistant, Bobbetts Mackan Solicitors.
Child and family law expert witness reports can include assessments in the following areas:
- Assessment of parenting capacity
- Attachment assessments
- Contact dispute issues
- Child development assessments
- Assessments around the impact of trauma
- Neuropsychological assessments, cognitive function and vulnerability
- Psychological state assessments
- Capacity assessments
- Assessment of readiness for and prognosis of therapy
- Risk assessment
- Domestic violence
- Sexual offending