Expert Witness Assessments

Dr Amber Elliott, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, has been working in the field of psychological assessment and intervention with children and adults since 2001. During this period she has worked in a variety of areas with adults and children and their mental health, emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. Dr Elliott is qualified to use a range of psychological and clinical procedures to assess both adults and children.

Dr Elliott’s specialism is in psychological assessment and intervention with Looked After and Adopted Children. She has a particular interest in developmental trauma and have been informed by Attachment and Infant Mental Health literature and its use in understanding the impact of early care on children’s psychological functioning and brain development.

Dr Elliott is trained and accredited to use the Story Stem Attachment Profile, a play based assessment of children’s attachment relationships. This coupled with general cognitive assessments and specifically assessments of executive functions have been useful in developing expertise in assessing Attachment disorders.

Dr Elliott has prepared statements for court in relation to her work on approximately thirty occasions. Approximately twenty-five of these statements have been expert witness statements regarding psychological assessments of children. Dr Elliott has given oral evidence and contributed to advocates meetings in relation to expert witness statements on several occasions.

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Specialist areas:

  • Public and Private Law
  • Together or apart assessments
  • Determining the specific carer traits required for a particular child
  • Child and adolescent mental health assessments
  • Attachment profiles (parents, siblings etc.)
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Recommendations for carers to manage specific presentations
  • Children who sexually harm/are sexually inappropriate
  • Effects of abuse

Expert witness assessments can typically be completed within Legal Aid Agency rates and benchmarking hours.

If you are based in Staffordshire, Birmingham and the Black Country, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire or Northamptonshire just give us a call or send us an email to enquire about Dr Elliott’s availability. We also offer many of our services nationally throughout the UK.

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