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Carter Brown

Suite 8, Enterprise Court
Oakham Business Park, Hamilton Way
Mansfield
NG18 5BU

Contact Person: Referrals Team
Phone: 01623 661 089
Fax: 01623 656 320

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Whether you need a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, paediatrician or therapist, Carter Brown will ensure you get the best independent expert. Formerly known as Carter Brown Associates, we have a reputation for excellence.

Since 2001 we’ve been the leading provider of psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians and independent social workers for expert witness work. Our medico-legal work has covered many branches of the legal system: family, criminal, immigration, mental health, personal injury, probate, employment and more.

Our expert witnesses are subject to a rigorous recruitment process – so we check that they’re qualified, insured and up to date with their memberships. They’re based throughout England and Wales so you can be assured to get the right expert with the right expertise, local to you. You can search for an expert online and download their CV, or call our Referrals Team who will provide you with recommendations, as well as costs estimates, CVs and timescales.

Once you’ve instructed us, a Case Handler will liaise between you and the expert to ensure that the assessment and report process goes smoothly. When the report is complete, it doesn’t leave our hands until our dedicated Quality Assurance Team have checked it. They will check for grammar, presentation and spelling, but also for content, ensuring that the expert report you get is robust, evidence-based and analytical.

‘We have been very happy with the service we have received from Carter Brown – everything has been efficiently and professionally managed and Dr H‘s report was very detailed and well written. I will certainly use your service again when the need arises.’ – Solicitor, London, 2015

PSYCHOLOGISTS

At Carter Brown we’re happy to recommend a number of different types of psychologists. As well as cognitive assessments and capacity assessments (usually in a medico-legal capacity), they’re able to provide most types of psychological assessments, expert witness reports, support and advice.

They can be broadly classified as:

  • Clinical psychologists – work with people on their problems/illnesses
  • Counselling psychologists – employ therapy solutions through counselling
  • Educational psychologists – concerned with education and learning
  • Forensic psychologists – study crime and work with offenders
  • Neuropsychologists – concerned with the functions of the brain
  • Chartered psychologists – a psychologist who has worked for a number of years successfully, supervised by a more senior psychologist

All of our psychologists are subject to our quality standards: a rigorous recruitment process, registration with their professional bodies, and criminal record checks. Most importantly, they are professionals at the top of their fields, with reputations for integrity and impartiality.

Below are some of the medico-legal assessments psychologists can carry out in their role as expert witnesses.

  • • Capacity assessments
  • • Personality assessments
  • • Forensic risk assessments
  • • Cognitive assessments
  • • Mental health
  • • Parenting assessments
  • • Domestic violence
  • • Substance misuse and addiction
  • • Trauma
  • • Abuse
  • • Neglect
  • • Learning disabilities
  • • Motivation to change
  • • Ability to work with professionals
  • • Family dynamics
  • • Ability to protect
  • • Culturally sensitive assessments
  • • Behavioural difficulties
  • • Educational Needs
  • • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • • Attachment (inc inter-sibling attachment)
  • • Placement options
  • • Fabricated illness

PSYCHIATRISTS

Carter Brown’s psychiatrists are able to provide a range of assessments, expert witness reports, therapy, support and advice. Most importantly, they’re professionals at the top of their fields, with reputations for integrity and impartiality.

All of our psychiatrists are subject to our quality standards: a rigorous recruitment process, registration with their professional bodies, and criminal record checks.

Below are some of the medico-legal assessments psychiatrists can carry out, both in their capacity as medical doctors and expert witnesses.

  • • Parental assessment in child care proceedings
  • • Impact of mental health on parenting
  • • Personality disorder
  • • Substance misuse and addiction
  • • Post-natal depression
  • • Puerperal psychosis
  • • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • • Eating disorders
  • • Factitious illness disorder
  • • Capacity to instruct
  • • Treatment recommendations
  • • Trauma
  • • Abuse
  • • Neglect
  • • Placement options
  • • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • • Tourette’s syndrome
  • • Early onset psychosis
  • • Depression
  • • Placement risk assessments

PAEDIATRICIANS

Our paediatricians are flexible in how they work, and can conduct assessments either as paper exercises or direct clinical examinations of children. Our paediatricians assessments can cover issues which range from non-accidental injury to full developmental overviews, to specific disorders or syndromes. They’re professionals at the top of their fields, with reputations for integrity and impartiality.

All of their paediatricians are subject to our quality standards: a rigorous recruitment process, registration with their professional bodies, and criminal record checks.

Below are some of the medico-legal assessments paediatricians can carry out in their expert witness role.

  • • Child sexual abuse
  • • Child physical abuse
  • • Non-accidental injury
  • • Paediatric trauma
  • • Developmental delay/disabilities
  • • ADHD
  • • ASD
  • • Tourette’s syndrome
  • • Factitious illness
  • • Epilepsy
  • • Intellectual disabilities
  • • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FAS)
  • • Emotional/behavioural difficulties
  • • Physical disabilities
  • • Medical negligence
  • • Trauma

INDEPENDENT SOCIAL WORKERS

An independent social worker (ISW) is an experienced social worker with at least three years experience (5 for parenting assessments in legal proceedings) who is able to conduct high quality evidenced based analytical assessments of adults and children. Carter Brown’s ISWs are always highly qualified in their fields, with a wealth of experience in local authority social work .

They’re professionals at the top of their fields, with reputations for integrity and impartiality.

All of our ISWs are subject to our quality standards: a rigorous recruitment process, registration with their professional bodies, and criminal record checks.

Below are some of the social work assessments they can carry out.

  • • Parenting assessments
  • • Risk assessments
  • • Assessment of kinship carers and connected persons
  • • Special Guardianship Assessments
  • • Attachment
  • • Specialist assessments on risk of sexual abuse
  • • Parents with learning disabilities including PAM assessments
  • • Fostering (Form F)
  • • Adoption

PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

We have a dedicated group of psychotherapists, and some of our psychologists are also available to undertake therapeutic interventions with both adults and children. Often psychological or psychiatric expert witness reports recommend a course or courses of therapy, so our therapists are able to provide that.

The expertise amongst our therapists includes: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Humanistic Person-Centred Therapy, Human Givens Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy with Children.

These types of therapy can be performed face-to-face, and (if possible) over the telephone, email, or video link: please call us for more details.