EXPERT WITNESS SERVICE
Sherwood Therapy Services prepare have a track record for a reliable, robust, credible service and working collaboratively alongside the legal team providing timely, well-considered, well-presented, quality reports for these complex requirements.
Medico-legal reports for civil litigation
Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)
We provide high quality medico-legal reports and expert witness services for adults, young people and children. We provide a bespoke approach to out report writing and expert assistance throughout the case. We are aware of the critical importance of cost and timescales. We are available for direct contact with our instructing solicitors throughout each case. Sheena Hardwick is a member of the Peritus network.
We are able to support families where the Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan does not reflect the occupational therapy needs of the child or young person. We provide a comprehensive assessment and report which is bespoke to the individual’s requirements in preparation for the Tribunal and will attend the Tribunal as an expert witness.
BEST INTEREST ASSESSMENTS
Sherwood Therapy Services undertake best interest assessments and Sheena Hardwick is a qualified Best Interest Assessor.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 set out 5 principles regarding the assessment of capacity and details how to assess best interests and how to record assessments. Extra safeguards are required when an individual does not have the capacity to decide on their care and treatment and is being deprived of their liberty in a care home or hospital. These are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) which are an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. A Best Interest Assessor is required to determine if the person is being deprived of their liberty, decide what is in the person’s best interests and state the maximum period for the authorisation.
We provide consultancy and professional supervision for services. This has included setting up an occupational therapy service in a secure unit for people with autism, therapy support and supervision in a school and therapy supervision for a new sensory integration service.