Child protection and mental health services

Interprofessional responses to the needs of mothers

Nicky Stanley, Bridget Penhale, Denise Riordan, Rosaline S. Barbour, and Sue Holden

Child protection and mental health services

Nicky Stanley, Bridget Penhale, Denise Riordan, Rosaline S. Barbour, and Sue Holden

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

160 pages
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781861344274 Published September 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Health and social care professionals are constantly exhorted to work collaboratively. This book reports on research which examines interprofessional work with families in which mothers have a mental health problem and where there are also concerns about child protection.Breakdowns in interprofessional collaboration, issues of risk and relevant resources are all addressed. Mothers' views and experiences are contrasted with professional perspectives. Child protection and mental health services:·[vbTab]reports on a survey of 500 practitioners working in health, social services and the voluntary sector;·[vbTab]presents data from in-depth interviews with mothers with severe mental health problems;·[vbTab]identifies weaknesses in interprofessional coordination in this area of work;·[vbTab]suggests a new model for work with families where mental health problems and child protection concerns co-exist.All those involved in child protection or mental health work with families will find this book a stimulating read. This book will be of interest to practitioners, managers and policy makers as well as students studying health and social care.
Contents
Mental health needs and mothering
The service context
Interprofessional work
The research study
Identifying key research issues
Mothers' perspectives
The mothers' evaluations of professional support
The professionals and their practice
Conceptualising needs and evaluating risk
Interprofessional communication and co-ordination
Identifying appropriate resources
Conclusion
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