Listening, listening, and listening
Sue Bailey is the new president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
- By: Guy Rughani
It is any psychiatry which relates to the law. I’m a child forensic psychiatrist so my job entails working with young people who have behavioural problems, emotional disorders, or mental illnesses, and who are at risk of breaking the law or who have broken the law. These children can be out in the community or in secure detention. I assess, diagnose, and evolve interventions that meet the needs of the children, while trying to keep society safe.
The field has grown very quickly and the enjoyable thing about it is that you work with interesting partners in fields from carers to lawyers and children’s rights groups.
Like all things in medicine there are toolkits and checklists to properly assess the patients, but no, I don’t find it terribly difficult. It is a job and I do it, but I think that you’d be less than human if sometimes you aren’t