UK expert psychologist in child maltreatment, parent-rejection, parental alienation and complex family assessment

Darren Spooner is a clinical psychologist specialising in child protection, safeguarding children, parental alienation and parent-rejection with over 20 years experience as an expert witness in the family Courts across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the High Court.

Darren is now working as an independent clinical psychologist specialising in expert witness reporting in cases of family breakdown where children reject a parent. He is an expert in the assessment of families affected by parent-rejection, child maltreatment and alienation, distinguishing between alienation and abuse, and in determining other reasons why children reject parents following family breakdown.

Darren works within Legal Aid Authority (LAA) expert rates, including with self-funding litigant-in-person parents, and is able to travel nationwide.

Darren offers training and consultancy to mental health, legal, social care and non-government practitioners and services in parental alienation (PA) and other influences on children who reject a parent following family breakdown.