Forensics are ordered in custody and parenting time cases by the Court when there are disputes about the custody and visitation (parenting time) of minor children. The custody dispute might be part of a divorce or can be a part of a case when the parties are not married or divorce. Forensics is the word used for investigations and reports made by l professionals for the court which are then used to aid in deciding how to rule on the dispute. Usually, forensics are employed for cases in which there is a battle for custody. Sometimes, however, the question might be over time, access, child relocations or visitation with the children. Using the forensic investigator and report in a case is a technical process.
Forensic investigators are usually social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists that specialise in children and family matters. The forensic professional will speak with each parent or other parties such as a relative or grandparent, the subject child or children, and other prominent people in the child’s or parent’s life. Usually, at least a few meetings for each person will be required by the investigator with each parent, and he/she will also meet with the child. It is common for the forensic investigator to meet with each parent alone, the children alone and then the child together with each parent and facilitate home visits.
Psycho-social legal forensic investigation
Youth crimes have become an enormous concern in society and society are now confronted with family murders where children are perpetrators of such a crime, child-to-child physical and emotional abuse, and child-to-child sexual offences have also become an increasing problem. Prof Robinson facilitates assessments to assess the child’s profile in such matters where the child offender is confronted with the legal system and a set of recommendations are needed for the court to take into consideration when dealing with a minor in court proceedings.
Youth crime assessments
Prof Robinson has worked extensively with children presenting with behavioural difficulties and their families. When working with children who are struggling with behavioural excesses, it is essential and helpful to get an understanding of where these occur and how they are maintained. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders and Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder often form part of a diagnosis where behavioural difficulties come to the fore, and a structured assessment process is needed to make the necessary recommendation and suggest possible treatment options.
Comprehensive family assessment is guided by principles of family-centered, culturally competent practice. All-inclusive family assessment is the ongoing practice of identifying, considering, and weighing factors that impact children, youth, and their families. Assessment occurs from the time children and families come to the assessment to case closure. Family-centered assessment is a process designed to gain a greater understanding of how a family's strengths, needs, and resources affect a child's safety, permanency, and well-being. The assessment should be strengths-based, culturally sensitive, individualized, and developed in partnership with the family. Prof Robinson facilitates family assessments that are needed in divorce and custody matters to make the necessary recommendations regarding the placement of children, residential and parenting plans. Prof Robinson has vast academic and practical experience to facilitate this kind of assessments.
Defensible Decision Making
Specialists in the field of determining the level of threat posed by individuals, to their targets, the general public, organisations and themselves. With extensive clinical, and organisational experience in the effective management of cases using a methodology developed through Prof. Robinson's research and the team's industry experience. Our methodology focuses on defensible decision making and finding all possible means of harm reduction.
Complex Case Containment & Management
Organisational Risk Management & Consulting
Processes and tools to support organisational behavioural threat management
Supervision of Professionals
Specific expertise in threats and threatening communications, stalking and harassment including the misuse of social media, sexual deviance, vexatious, persistence and unreasonable complainers, bullying, family violence, and conflict management.
With a possible child sexual abuse case, the matter needs to be dealt with extreme care and professionalism. It is imperative to assess the child in a “safe place” to obtain the necessary information required. Child sexual abuse assessments are focused on determining whether abuse has occurred if the child needs protection if the child needs treatment for medical or emotional problems. With a child sexual abuse assessment, the necessary recommendations need to be made for the purpose of the court to make the essential judgment in the case of sexual abuse has been confirmed in the assessment.
Child sexual abuse assessments
Effectively communicating with the legal team throughout the matter's duration and advising the legal team on how to best approach a case matter. Analysing the results obtained after the matter concludes.