Chapter 5. The Challenges of Psychological Assessments of Maturity

  1. Sue Black5,
  2. Jason Payne-James6 and
  3. Anil Aggrawal7
  1. Julia Nelki1,
  2. Pete Grady Honorary Lecturer2,
  3. Sue Bailey3 and
  4. Heather Law4

Published Online: 30 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470669785.ch5

Age Estimation in the Living

Age Estimation in the Living

How to Cite

Nelki, J., Grady, P., Bailey, S. and Law, H. (2010) The Challenges of Psychological Assessments of Maturity, in Age Estimation in the Living (eds S. Black, J. Payne-James and A. Aggrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470669785.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Dundee, UK

  2. 6

    London, UK

  3. 7

    New Delhi, India

Author Information

  1. 1

    Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Eaton Road, West Derby, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK

  2. 2

    Liverpool John Moores University, Roscoe Court, 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 2TZ, UK

  3. 3

    University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2HE, UK

  4. 4

    Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519677

Online ISBN: 9780470669785



  • challenges of psychological assessments of maturity;
  • psychological maturity as a concept;
  • developmental stage and child assessment maturity - challenging, even in children indigenous to the UK;
  • current experiences of children and young people - subject to immigration control, considered confusing and dehumanizing;
  • new framework, prioritizing assessment of need - in terms of maturity;
  • immigration in the UK, in the context - of a fear of encroachment and overpopulation;
  • provision of social care services for children and young people - governed by the Children Act 1989;
  • middle childhood, period when a child - enters a more social world, with starting of school;
  • age estimation process - currently governed by Age Assessment Proforma;
  • framework for Good Practice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Need for Determination of Maturity

  • Psychological Maturity as a Concept

  • Current Practice

  • Suggestions for a Framework for Good Practice

  • Summary and Conclusion

  • Appendix 5.A Proposed Framework, Based on Common Assessment Framework (Department of Schools Families and Children, 2007)

  • References