Forensic psychologists apply psychology in the criminal and civil justice field. They often work for:
The largest employer of forensic psychologists in the UK is Her Majesty's prison service. However, forensic psychologists are increasingly working with a wide range of agencies.
Work as a forensic psychologist is varied both within, and across, forensic settings and may include both occupational and clinical elements. For example, part of the role of forensic psychologists, in both the health and prison services, may include providing a consultancy service to managers. Work is undertaken with offenders, victims, criminal and civil justice staff and managers.
Two key areas of development in recent years have been 'risk assessment' procedures with offenders and, in particular, interventions with sex offenders with a focus on reducing the risk of re-offending.
Forensic psychologists are also increasingly becoming involved in child protection work with social services.
A forensic psycholgist's work may include: