Child and adolescent psychiatrist experts

We provide child and adolescent psychiatrist expert witnesses and court reports

Who are Child and adolescent psychiatrist experts?

A child and adolescent psychiatrist expert is a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental disorders. Psychiatrists can subspecialise in several areas, one of which is the care and treatment of mental disorders in those under the age of 18. Child and adolescent mental health services are commonly referred to as CAMHS.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Expert Witness

CAMHS psychiatrists have experience in the assessment and treatment of any mental disorder affecting young people under the age of 18. They may also treat young people over the age of 18 to manage the transition of care to adult services. Although child and adolescent psychiatrist experts has experience in a wide array of mental disorders, they often have particular experience in specialist areas of eating disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions, including autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD, self-harm and behavioural disorders.

How specialist is a child and adolescent psychiatrist expert?

All psychiatrists will have completed an average of five years of training at medical school before two years of foundation training, gaining a basis in different medical specialities. Trainees then start core psychiatry training, which lasts a minimum of three years and during which time the exams to join the Royal College of Psychiatrists take place. After this, trainees choose to subspecialise in one of a number of areas of psychiatry, one of which is in child and adolescent psychiatry. This takes on average a further three to four years.

Some trainees choose to start dual training in two subspecialities following core training. Child and adolescent psychiatry may be combined with three other specialities as part of a dual training programme: medical psychotherapy, learning disability psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.

Why might you need to instruct a CAMHS child and adolescent psychiatrist expert witness?

Child and adolescent psychiatry expert witnesses may be instructed for an expert opinion in any case involving a mental disorder or neurodevelopmental condition relevant in the case of a client under the age of 18.

It may be appropriate to instruct a CAMHS psychiatrist expert witness in a case of custody proceedings, for example where a child has significant mental health needs including emotional and behavioural disturbance, self-harm, and anxiety. This may be pertinent in determining the level of support that the child is likely to need, over and above that of a child without these disorders, and the relevance of this to proceedings.

Child and adolescent psychiatrist expert witnesses are also able to assess for psychiatric harm, for example in cases of child sexual abuse, immigration proceedings, accidental and non-accidental injury and medical negligence.

In criminal cases, child and adolescent psychiatrists are often instructed to give expert evidence to help the court determine effective participation in proceedings including fitness to plead. As the age of responsibility in England and Wales in 10 years-old, may complex factors have to be considered to establish this, and the evidence of a child and adolescent psychiatrist expert witness can be very helpful to the court in these cases. An example of a case where expert evidence from a child and adolescent psychiatrist could be helpful would be a case of sexual assault where the defendant is under 18 and has a suspected neurodevelopmental condition such as autism. The issue of consent to sexual activity is a nuanced one, particularly for adolescents with complex needs.  This expert evidence can be very helpful in aiding the court in determining the impact of a potential neurodevelopmental condition on capacity.

Incidences where a child and adolescent psychiatrist expert may be instructed include:

  • Clinical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Psychiatric/psychological injury
  • Capacity assessments
  • Immigration proceedings
  • Impact assessments
  • Social care proceedings
  • Adoption and fostering assessments
  • Fitness to plead and effective participation in proceedings in clients under the age of 18
  • Neurodevelopmental conditions including autism and ADHD
  • Foetal alcohol syndrome
  • Genetic disorders
  • Alcohol and substance misuse in clients under the age of 18
  • Serious mental illness in clients under the age of 18

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have a highly experienced and well-respected child and adolescent psychiatry expert witness on our panel, Dr Aarti Datta.

Dr Datta is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who provides expert evidence for refugees, CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services), social care proceedings, and complex child psychiatric conditions. Dr Datta has experience of providing reports to multiple agencies where there requires an understanding of a child’s mental health in various contexts, capacity assessments (16 and over), providing additional information for family court, refugee work: first tier and upper tribunal. She is also trained in specialist neurodevelopmental assessments and adoption and fostering assessments.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

Good child and adolescent psychiatrist experts should come with years of clinical experience as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness.  Look for someone who has established expert witness experience.  Our child and adolescent psychiatry expert, Dr Datta, has many years of clinical practice and established experience of acting as an expert witness.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession.  We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be.  However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale.  The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny.  All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.



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If you would like to find out more about how our child and adolescent psychiatry expert witness could assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email, or request a quote by completing our online form.

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