The impact of parental mental health problems on children: a critical examination of the barriers between child protection and adult mental health services

Swallow, Jasmine (2011) The impact of parental mental health problems on children: a critical examination of the barriers between child protection and adult mental health services. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In recent years there has been an increasing focus among researchers and policy makers regarding the impact of parental mental health problems on children (Social Exclusion Unit, 2004). Government policy has stipulated the importance of effective multidisciplinary collaborative practice to improve outcomes for children. Children’s services and adult mental health have a shared responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable children whilst promoting the needs of their parents.

    The primary objective of this research paper was to analyse the implications of parental mental health problems on children and examine the conflicts and professional barriers that exist between children’s services and adult mental health. The project rationale was based on the author’s experience of practice within a Community Mental Health Team. The literature review has comprised of a meta-ethnography of the studies focusing on parental mental illness and the conflicts between child protection and adult
    mental health.

    The research has revealed a large gulf between what is stipulated in policy and what is offered in practice. No universal services exist which support and promote the needs of both children and their parents. This analysis has presented recommendations for a collaborative, family-focused approach to supporting parents with mental health problems and their children.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 15:16
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4171

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