Family Reports & Child Impact Reports

We provide assessments for the purposes of Family Reports and/or Child Impact Reports to assist you and the Court to make decisions about children in legal proceedings.

We can provide a Family Report in line with the requirements of the Court under Section 62G of the Family Law Act 1975. A Family Report is an independent family assessment that assists you and the Court in making decisions about the children. Our psychologist considers the children’s experiences and development, the family circumstances, and other relevant psychological and parenting issues. The psychologist makes recommendations for arrangements that will best meet the children’s future care, welfare, and developmental needs.

In addition we can facilitate a Child Impact Report. The purpose of this report is to provide information about the experiences and needs of children to the Court. Our psychologist will consider a range of issues such as your children’s development, your children’s relationships, and the presence of any risk factors.

Our psychologist Gabriela Piper has experience with Family Reports and Child Impact Reports. Gaby will take care to ensure that children and all family members are provided an open, supportive space to share their perspectives, acknowledging that this can be a challenging and emotional time for families.

Gabriella Piper

Generally, Gabriela will gather information about:

  • the issues in dispute
  • past and present parenting arrangements
  • the parenting capacity of each party
  • your children’s relationships with significant people
  • your children’s wishes and views, and
  • any risks to the children.
  • other factors relevant to parenting.

The psychologist may request your permission to contact teachers, doctors or other relevant professionals for more information about your children. The Court may also direct that the psychologist have access to material which has been subpoenaed.

How can I prepare my child for their meeting with the family consultant?

You can explain to your child that they are going to meet with someone who would like to talk to them about their experiences and views, but that they will not be made to talk about anything they do not wish to. You shouldn’t coach your child or tell them what to say.

ADHD assessment

Autism assessment

Intellectual and academic assessments

Forensic assessment for court purposes