At Expert Court Reports, we recognise the importance of finding the right expert.
Whether you are looking for a report for use in private family law proceedings or whether you are looking for a report in publicly funded childcare proceedings, we have experts who can help.
In publicly funded care proceedings, we regularly receive instructions for our social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, paediatric neuroradiologist, paediatric neurosurgeon, orthopaedic surgeons, and our speech and language therapists. Specific cases sometimes call for other experts including ophthalmologists, dentists, and occupational therapists.
In private family matters, including divorce, custody, and access, a number of experts may be instructed to provide expert evidence, but typically the most commonly instructed experts will be social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and GPs.
What issues do our experts typically address?
Our independent social workers who provide expert evidence in family law proceedings have direct experience of working in statutory services as well as experience in independent practice. Social workers are trained to provide evidence in care proceedings and are trained to carry out PAMS assessments.
You may require a psychiatric or a psychological report to establish whether a parent has a mental disorder and whether the symptoms or manifestations of that disorder has any bearing on the child’s safety; in other cases, you might need to seek a forensic assessment of a parent’s risk, particularly where there is a history of offending. Our psychologists also provide assessments of IQ and personality. There may be specialist assessments such as assessments for autism which need to be undertaken. These assessments often require a multidisciplinary approach involving psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, and mental health nurses.
General practitioners (GPs) are also instructed in family proceedings. They may be required to comment on child health or the medical health of parents who are party to proceedings. They may also be instructed to comment on cases of fabricated or induced illness by carers previously known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Physicians in emergency medicine also provide evidence in this area as well as non-accidental injury.
Many of our other experts provide evidence in cases of non-accidental injury. Our paediatric neuroradiologist is regularly instructed in cases of abusive head trauma alongside our paediatric neurosurgeon and ophthalmologist. Our forensic physician is skilled in the assessment of injury, including but not limited to bruising and soft tissue injury. Similarly, our orthopaedic surgeons are called upon to give evidence in cases of non-accidental injury including long-bone fractures. Expert evidence about dental trauma and dental neglect is provided by our dental experts. Findings of neglect may require more than one type of expert. For example, our occupational therapist may be required to comment on activities of daily living, mobility, and specialist equipment. Our speech and language therapists may be required to comment on language development and language delay.