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.
Chair's messageShow content
It is a great pleasure and honour to be the current Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) and to represent what I believe is a truly fascinating profession.
As both a practitioner and active researcher, I feel that we have such a privileged job within our profession, working with a wide range of service users across a wide range of settings. As such, I believe that it is good for us as a Division to think creatively about how we use our knowledge of psychology and to be courageous in our application of the knowledge and experience that we have. There are many exciting ways in which forensic psychology can impact positively on the lives of others. It is through our engagement that we can make a real difference to lots of decisions that affect the work we do and the people we work with.
Forensic Psychology has so much to offer and during my time as Chair I want to follow in the steps of those who have represented the Division in the past in order to promote our value as a discipline. As so many of us take up posts in varied settings, we need to ensure that Forensic Psychology has a voice, and that we as individual members are supported, and our contributions recognised both nationally and internationally.
The DFP Executive Committee is a representative body and as an elected board we are here to promote the value of forensic psychology and to support the work of individual members. Yet, we need you all as members of the Division to contribute to, and guide, this work as an engaged membership. To ensure that you are aware of what work the committee and other Divisional members are involved in, please refer to our news section.
I would like to ask all members of the Division to be active in promoting the field of Forensic Psychology and the contribution that your work (and the work of colleagues) is making to society. Please get involved with the Division whether it be via committee membership or engagement in a project or consultation - your contribution is really valuable. If you have any ideas or suggestions then please share these with one of the committee members or feel free to contact me at any point.
Dr Neil Gredecki (PhD), CPsychol, AFBPsS, CSciRegistered Forensic Psychologist
Strategic PlanShow content
The DFP committee continually review the Divisional strategy and have identified five core strategic aims for the next three years. This is not about writing another plan, but it is about consolidating our achievements over the past several years and trying to place the Division (and our members) in a position to meet current and future challenges and opportunities. To this end, the current strategic plan seeks to focus on: communication with members and external stakeholders; engaging with our members to support mutual learning; developing skills amongst our membership in order to enhance practice and service delivery; collaborating and engaging with our stakeholders to inform policy and practice; and disseminating knowledge pertaining to forensic psychology amongst members and wider forensic psychology community.
DFP Strategic Priorities
The strategic plan should be owned by all members of the Division and as Chair, I invite you to link in with the Committee to share ideas or to support some of the board’s projects and initiatives. Likewise, I ask you to become active participants, using the opportunities that you have in your own professional lives to help support and further these strategic aims whether this be by showcasing your work at conferences, publishing articles, informing government, organisations or policy, or sharing good practice from your own field relating to service delivery.
Together we can further the field of forensic psychology and champion the discipline in the UK and internationally and hopefully this update to the Divisional strategic plan provides the impetus for this.
You can access the full Strategic Plan using the link below (please note: you must be signed-in to access this file):