Sometimes, when a family is engaged in a Court process, perhaps because of a separation or an issue regarding custody or access, the Court can request a Section 47 Assessment and Report or a Section 32 Assessment and Report to be carried out, in order to determine what the best interest of the child or children are.
In carrying out such an assessment, Brian is very mindful of what a difficult process this can be for parents as well as for children and he engages therapeutically with families to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. Brian’s background in Systemic practice means that he is very aware of family dynamics and how each person in a family can be influenced by and influential of other family members.
Family life can be difficult when the family are involved in litigation. However, Brian feels it is possible to work in collaboration with families in order to ascertain the best interest of the children, even when tensions and disagreements are present. He knows that collaborative practice is what will work best for the child and he knows also that parents want what’s best for the children too. Going through the Court can be a stressful time for families. That does not in any way undermine the potential for families to work together with me in order to best protect the welfare of children.