We have been a specialist provider of forensic risk services for over 19 years and use our genuinely multi-disciplinary teams to promote the welfare of children and assist and support frontline practitioners and managers to make the best decisions in cases of complex child sexual abuse.
Our extensively trained multi-disciplinary teams of Expert Witness social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists recognise that abusers are not a homogeneous population group and fall within a range of offence typologies and risk parameters. They have a broad range of specialist skills and experience to advise, assess and intervene.
All assessments include a written report by our experienced and highly trained experts. All reports are quality assured by a WillisPalmer Consultant Social Worker.
Our forensic risk assessments are suitable in the context of public or private law proceedings; with convicted or alleged perpetrators; or with professionals about whom there may be a concern.
Our experts can assess and intervene with:
Our experts and multi-disciplinary teams can carry out a broad range of independent assessments. Specialist risk assessments will use a broad range of formalised empirically recognised appraisal tools to aid investigative, predictive and clinical judgement.
We engage in the following assessments:
Similarly, we advise on those sexual risk behaviours which may not reach a threshold to convict but may suggest deviant sexual interests, thus potentially posing a risk to children and other vulnerable individuals.
WillisPalmer advises and works alongside practitioners to design intervention strategies for engaging clients and where applicable, relevant others. This may include interventions to progress contact/rehabilitation plans and restorative processes.
Such work will often include a need for protective behaviour/risk awareness interventions with partners/others in the family system to promote assertive communication and safe permissible boundaries before any rehabilitation process commences.
We can also provide educational sessions with partners/family members of the person being assessed to provide them with information such as what signs to look out for in a potential abuser or someone with a history of offending.
Initially we require information about the case including who it involves, why they need assessing, where the person resides and any background information. We will endeavour to come back to you on the same working day and clarify what further information we may require. For forensic risk assessments, this tends to be details of convictions or allegations, police records, information regarding anyone else involved such as a new partner and his/her capacity to protect any child involved.
WillisPalmer will provide you with the CVs of professionals trained to carry out assessments within 24 hours and we can begin work immediately on receipt of a formal letter of instruction. Typically, forensic risk assessments take six weeks to carry out.
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