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One of the many areas in which practising Clinical or Forensic psychologists are asked to contribute is when they are tasked with providing an assessment of the level of risk a parent may pose to a child. Removal of the child from the family or the issuing of care orders is often due to suspected child abuse or neglect, or in cases where Social Services have been asked by the parent to accommodate the child because the parent cannot cope with the child.  The eventual aim, where possible, of any such process is the successful return and rehabilitation of the child to the parent(s) or caregiver. The prime concern is always the child's welfare.

At Midlands Psychological Services we have a long history of providing such reports to the Midlands area, the vast majority of which have been in cases were the children have been accommodated by the Local Authority due to allegations of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or child neglect.

We often provide an assessment of the psychological aftermath of an accident or other traumatic event. Such assessments include limitations imposed by a psychological condition and the probable validity of any stated symptoms or condition.

At Midlands Psychological Services we also have a long history of providing reports on criminal cases for solicitors, the CPS, and local and national police forces.  Reports are made for fitness to plead, risk to the individual or public, and suitability for parole.  Assessments are conducted in our office, the solicitors office, prisons and secure units.

Our assessments typically follow a simple dictum – we act entirely as a Friend of the Court. As such our focus is providing information in an objective way to provide the Courts with the information they need to help them make an appropriate decision. We will base the assessment on an interview of the individual(s) concerned, we will gather information by the use of standardised psychometrics, and we will read all the documentation involved in the case.

At the end of our reports we may make a number of different recommendations to the Court based on the assessment. We might, for instance recommend that the person(s) being assessed undergo a period of therapy or that special considerations be made during or after the Court procedure.  We have defended our reports in court and are willing to liaise with the Court, prison or Local Authority after the assessment is completed to ensure that our recommendations and any concerns we may have are fully understood.