Monday, June 4, 2012

What a Forensic Social Worker Does

People often ask me what exactly a forensic social worker does when I tell them that's the work that I do. I created this guide to explain the different types of work I provide to clients.


Forensic Social Work consulting offers individuals, families and organizations specialized practice knowledge, expertise and assistance in dealing with matters arising from involvement in family, child protection, Criminal and civil court proceedings.

What a Forensic Social Work Consultant & Analyst Can do for You
  • Broad reviews of legal cases utilizing specialized practice expertise and experience in child protection, youth and adult forensic psychiatric and mental health assessment and treatment
  • Conduct comprehensive forensic investigations and identification of important evidence for clients involved in family, child protection, Criminal and civil court matters
  • Submit comprehensive Section 15 reports and Forensic Social Work reports, including family and social histories and assessments summarizing evidence and providing expert witness recommendations to assist the Court in making decisions
  • Assist in litigation planning for cases by identifying the strengths and challenges of cases and ways to enhance the merits of specific cases
  • Provide recommendations and take action in obtaining additional evidence, documents and witnesses to support cases and case-specific risk mitigation
  • Conduct research for use in legal cases
  • Provide practical experience, assessment and treatment for a diverse range of clients and families experiencing crisis and facilitating stabilization and resolution of problems and challenges within the context of legal proceedings and complex situations
  • Offer knowledge of resources and assist clients in connecting with, or being referred to, a wide range of professional, community and other organizations for additional support and assessment

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