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Pre Proceedings

The pre-proceedings process relates to the work carried out by a group of professional agencies prior to a local authority applying for a Care Order for a child or young person who they believe is at risk of abuse or neglect.

During this process, authorities will do all they can to work with a family in order to explore all avenues for resolving situations prior to a court needing to become involved. JSA have long been a go-to resource that local authorities from across the North West will draw upon in order to support in this process, owing to our reputable team of psychotherapy practitioners, some of whom serve as qualified and approved expert witnesses at the pre-proceedings stage.

As expert witnesses, our therapists – hailing from both psychology and psychotherapy backgrounds – are able to carry out a range of assessments that identify the relevant psychological issues affecting individual members of the family as well as those affecting the family unit as a whole, before using this information to provide recommendations and reports for the most appropriate therapeutic programmes and interventions for the families we work with.

Our involvement offers bespoke and targeted pre-proceedings assessment and intervention programmes; designed, administered and evaluated by our qualified and experienced independent expert witness professionals, whom we recruit from the fields of psychology and psychotherapy.

Possessing a wealth of experience in working with Looked After Children in many different situations and scenarios, JSA are committed to providing a life changing level of care that will, in the best-case scenario, keep a family functioning together. In an alternative case view, we work hard to facilitate a child or young person’s access to the most appropriate and beneficial therapeutic support possible to help ease them through their transfer into care.

Julie Stirpe
Julie Stirpe Director of Practice Innovation

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