Forensic and Psychological Report Writing and Assessment

Forensic and Psychological Report Writing and Assessment

Course provider
Argus Secure Consultants
Course dates
27-30th May 2024
Course length
4 Days

Forensic report writing for legal purposes is a crucial aspect of the forensic investigation process, as it involves presenting evidence in a clear and concise manner to aid in the administration of justice. A forensic report is a written document that details the findings of an investigation conducted by an expert, which can include anything from analysing physical evidence to conducting a digital forensic investigation or a Psychological Report/Assessment.

The primary purpose of a forensic report is to present the findings of an investigation in a way that is understandable and relevant to the court. This includes providing a clear and detailed description of the methods used in the investigation, the results of any tests or analyses performed, and the expert's opinion regarding the significance of the findings.

Forensic reports must be written in a manner that is both objective and impartial, and they must adhere to established forensic standards and protocols. They should also include a detailed description of any limitations as they might relate to the findings, and the expert's qualifications and experience should be clearly stated at the earliest stage.

In addition to providing technical information, forensic reports must also be written in a manner that is easily understood by non-experts, such as judges, attorneys, and jurors. This may involve using layman's terms to explain technical concepts and providing visual aids, such as diagrams or photographs, to help illustrate key points.

Overall, forensic report writing for the courts requires a combination of technical expertise, clear communication skills, and adherence to established forensic standards and protocols. It is an important aspect of the forensic investigation process, as it plays a critical role in ensuring that justice is served fairly and accurately.

Forensic experts are often called upon to provide expert testimony on a wide range of issues. For Forensic Psychologists, for example, this might include a defendant’s mental state at the time of the crime, the defendant’s competency to stand trial and the risk of recidivism. They may also be asked to evaluate the credibility of witnesses or victims or to assess the potential of false confessions. They also assist in the assessment of defendants prior to trial, in jury selection, in the development of sentencing recommendations and development of treatment plans for defendants who are found guilty.

This course will give an overview of strategies and components for writing effective expert assessment reports for a variety of audiences including non-experts and the courts. Assessment procedures as well as technical aspects of professional report writing will be covered in detail.


  • Introduction and overview of the role of experts in the legal system; expert witnesses
  • Mental disorder crime and the law
  • Types of assessments and procedures
  • Ethical & legal considerations
  • Challenges in producing comprehensive and effective reports
  • Strategies to strengthen report writing
  • Professional writing styles and structure tailored to different audiences
  • Analysing the information and reporting the results
  • Providing recommendations


Participants will be required to conduct an assessment on a case study and produce a report.


Participants will receive British Psychological Society Approved Certificate of Completion in Forensic Report Writing and Assessment.


Argus Secure Consultants (ASC): ASC trainers are British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved providers delivering BPS approved training. ASC consists of Chartered Psychologists and Chartered Forensic Psychologists (HCPC Registered) who have over 30 years’ experience in the delivery of education, assessments, evaluation, and training across the Forensic Sciences.

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