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Division of Forensic Psychology

The Division of Forensic Psychology promotes the professional interests of forensic psychologists and aims to contribute to the ongoing development of psychology as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.

The Division of Forensic Psychology is the largest network of Forensic Psychologists in the UK, collectively representing the profession and associated professionals within the field. 

  • We aim to be responsive in supporting and advising members around professional practice issues
  • We are the professional voice for forensic psychology 
  • We promote forensic psychology in policy development 
  • We provide continuing professional development opportunities for members
  • We publish research and documents on key issues of relevance to our stakeholders

What is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is the application of psychology within the legal system to create safer communities and to assist people to find pathways away from criminal behaviour.

Forensic Psychologists work across many settings including, HM Prison and Probation Service, Hospitals, secure children’s homes, police forces, Courts and Universities.

In practice this means Forensic Psychologists assess, formulate and intervene in those engaging in harmful behaviours, provide advice and expertise to other professionals, and develop and facilitate training and knowledge in forensic settings, all with the ultimate goal of contributing to the development of a safer society.

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