Assessments in a forensic context in the field of psychology refer to techniques used to evaluate and provide explanations for past and present behaviour and attempt to predict the impact of current and past experiences on this person or family. The goal of these assessments is to provide detailed information, aiding legal fact-finding, that will guide considerations and recommendations made for each unique situation.
A child assessment is a structured process designed to prompt a child to reveal a wide-ranging list of facts about a crime they have experienced or witnessed. It is the process of gathering information for court purposes. The protocol used to gather information from children is globally recognized and empirically tested on almost 40,000 children in multiple countries. The credibility of the child victim or witness is considered, and where necessary, other persons concerned with the crime may be evaluated.
A family assessment is a structured process designed to prompt each person to share a wide-ranging list of facts and perspectives about their life experiences. It is the process of gathering information, usually for court purposes. Several factors are considered while receiving information from each family member. As important as each parent is, the focus of the family assessment will be on the child’s best interests and this will remain my focused priority as the assessor throughout our professional relationship.
Assessments aim to gather detailed and thorough information about a situation that is difficult to explain. If the matter is part of a legal process, the confidentiality of the assessment and the results therein is determined by the rules of that legal system.