Addressing stigma through advocacy efforts and promoting open discussions about mental health can also contribute to reducing barriers. Psychiatry experts specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry in the UK play a crucial role. They assess children and young people’s mental health and present it as a medico-legal expert report in the court.
Moreover, their expert witness reports help the court understand the mental state of the child. Thus, helping the court make decisions while considering the best interests of the child and young people. These reports provide unbiased and professional opinions on child and adolescent psychiatry matters, including the following:
- Family disputes
- Child abuse cases
- Child custody cases
- Juvenile delinquency cases
- Separation from family and more
These reports must be CPR-compliant, ensuring they meet the standards required by the Civil Procedure Rules. By utilising expert witness reports, individuals struggling with legal cases involving child and adolescent psychiatry in the UK can benefit from the valuable insights provided by specialists in the field. Expert witness testimony based on these reports can profoundly impact legal proceedings.