Expert Witness Services
Dr Hunnisett is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience, providing expert witness services in complex child protection cases across the country.

Expert Witness Services

Dr Hunnisett has extensive experience in assessment and formulation, and in providing treatment plans and prognoses in the following areas:


  • Parenting evaluations, assessment of potential for change in cases of neglect, non-accidental injury, and emotional abuse.
  • The psychological impact of child maltreatment, neglect, and trauma (including sexual trauma and domestic violence) on both childhood and adult functioning
  • Assessment of complex family dynamics, including those where incest has occurred.
  • Placement and therapeutic needs for children who cannot remain with birth families.
  • Mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, psychosis, drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Interventions in families where children resist post-separation contact.
  • Sibling relationships, including ‘Together or Apart’ assessments.





  • Cognitive assessments, mental capacity to instruct a solicitor, fitness to plead, and learning difficulties.
  • Risk assessments, including risks of violence and sexual offending.
  • Neuro-developmental disorders (with a special interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorders).

Emma Rachel Hunnisett - Associate Fellow