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Family Cases

I have experience of conducting psychological assessments of adults, as an expert witness, in both Private and Public Family Law Cases.

Areas of Psychological Assessment

I am regularly instructed to prepare reports addressing a variety of issues in family cases, including:

  • Care/contact proceedings
  • Child protection where there is a question of sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect
  • Failure to thrive
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Parenting capacity
  • Domestic violence
  • Personality disorder and how this relates to parenting
  • Child disabilities and parenting ability
  • Parental learning disabilities
  • The assessment of risk
  • Parental relationships

I have a particular interest in non-accidental injury cases.

I have recently published two chapters on the assessment of parenting capacity as follows:

Birch, S. (2015) Factors that demonstrate change or potential change in parenting capacity. In Bryn Williams, Emma Peart & Roger Young (Eds.) Understanding and assessing a parent’s capacity to change within the timescales of the child. London: Jordan Publishing.

Carstairs, Kari & Birch, Sarah (2015). Assessing a parent’s capacity to change in psychotherapy: The use of the Rorschach and the MMPI-2. In Bryn Williams, Emma Peart & Roger Young (Eds.) Understanding and assessing a parent’s capacity to change within the timescales of the child. London: Jordan Publishing.

More details about this book can be found here:

http://www.jordanpublishing.co.uk/practice-areas/family/publications/capacity-to-change-understanding-and-assessing-a-parent-s-capacity-to-change-within-the-timescales-of-the-child