Expert Witness Medico-legal Work for Family Courts
Taylored Psychology offers medico-legal work and expert witness services regarding adult carers in public and private law proceedings. We deliver thorough, informative and balanced independent reports on time and which follow current guidelines and Legal Aid fees. We have good working knowledge of services local to Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster which helps inform our recommendations on interventions. We accept referrals from solicitors and Local Authorities for Expert Witness and Pre-Proceedings work.
We have experience in offering medico-legal opinions regarding:
- Carer’s psychological functioning
- Intellectual functioning
- Assessment of risk, including impact of psychological profile on parenting
- Capacity to change and work with professionals
- Therapeutic interventions
- Outcome of therapeutic interventions
We are strongly committed to supporting children and families involved in Family Court proceedings. We offer assessment and therapy for adult carers, accepting referrals from Local Authorities, solicitors, Cafcass and self-referrals. We ensure that these cases are allocated to an appropriately experienced medico-legal therapist and that they are carefully supervised as we understand the unique systemic factors arising from court proceedings. We take care to respect client confidentiality and the independence of therapy as far as possible whilst liaising with parties where necessary and at the client’s request.
We offer therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, including when civil legal proceedings are still in process.
MEDICO-LEGAL CONSULTANCY FOR PROFESSIONALS
We offer medico-legal consultancy to professionals working with adults involved in family and care proceedings. Sometimes individual therapy is inappropriate; a client’s needs may be too complex to be held by individual therapy alone or professionals might be feeling stuck on how to move forward. In these situations, we can offer psychological consultation for professionals to guide their work.
We aim to assist psychologically informed relationship based practice for social workers and other professionals. Brown et al (2015) report many benefits to using relationship-based practice before, during and after care proceedings, ‘working with rather than doing to’, which is important for people who view services with ‘suspicion or hostility’. Relationship based practice may encourage engagement, enhance professional respect and empathy to help clients use services and increase hope.
We offer a reflective space for teams and professionals to make sense of a parent’s relationship history, how they have learnt to cope and how history may be replaying within their present. Understanding a person’s relationship blueprint can help services think how to avoid unhelpfully stepping into and repeating harmful patterns with parents. Identifying and mapping patterns can help clients and professionals find new ways to move forward, and provides a framework for clients to continue this work within the family. This indirect way of working is recognised and researched within the Cognitive Analytic Therapy tradition.
Our medico-legal packages may include working with individual professionals, teams or organising three way meetings with case workers and their client. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we can advise on what is suitable.