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Conceptualising needs and evaluating risk

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

in Child protection and mental health services

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344274.003.0009
Conceptualising needs and evaluating risk

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This chapter explores the ways in which the professionals surveyed in the research conceptualised mothers' mental health needs. It aims to compare practitioners' views with those of the mothers that were interviewed. The survey also utilised vignettes to examine practitioners' assessments of risk in families where mothers' mental health problems coexisted with child protection issues. This approach allowed for the identification of key factors associated with high risk and the comparison of assessments of the different professional groups surveyed. This chapter also addresses the role of training, which is often invoked as the means by which practitioners' attitudes and skills in this area of work can be developed.

Keywords: mothers' mental health; family risk; child protection; practitioners' training; risk evaluation

Chapter.  3824 words.  Illustrated.

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