Assessing children's and adolescents' needs, wishes and feelings for civil Court cases
Posted on 8 October 2002
A major conference to examine current methods of assessing children and adolescents for the Courts will take place on Friday 11 October. The University of York conference - ‘Child Assessments for the Courts' - will bring together professionals involved in working with children and families in statutory work. They will include child and adolescent therapists, legal professionals, CAFCASS, psychologists, psychiatrists, managers and senior practitioners in Health, Social Services and voluntary agencies.
Psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists are often asked for their
expert opinions of children's and adolescents' needs, wishes and
feelings in order to inform Court decisions in complex Court cases.
Providing such expert opinion can be challenging; traditional clinical
interviewing and psychological testing are not designed for this purpose
and can be problematic.
At the conference a range of speakers will highlight child-centred,
evidence-based approaches to assessments.
Dr Debbie Hindle - a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist
at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations, Glasgow - will discuss
psychodynamically-based play assessments, including assessments of
siblings, for the Courts.
- Dr Eileen Vizard - a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the
Young Abuser's Project, NSPCC, London - will address ways in which
psychiatric assessments of children and adolescents can inform Court
- Dr Virginia Ryan - a child psychologist and play therapist in
the Social Policy and Social Work Department, University of York - will
examine observations and play assessments based on non-directive methods
and their advantages and restrictions for Courts' use.
- Mr Ernest Ryder - QC, and deputy High Court judge of the
Family Division, will discuss the legal issues arising from child
assessments in Court settings.
The conference organiser is Dr Virginia Ryan.
Notes to editors:
- The conference will be held at St William's College, York. It will
open at 10.00am and finish at 5.00pm.
Interviews with Dr Virginia Ryan - child psychologist and play
Director, MA/Diploma in Non-Directive Play Therapy, University of York -
who has organised the conference, are available on the day and
afterwards by prior arrangement.
To arrange, contact: Samantha Alvarez,email firstname.lastname@example.org
voicemail: 01904 432301