Identifying appropriate resources

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:
Identifying appropriate resources

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This chapter identifies appropriate resources needed in the research through a survey. The professionals participating in the survey tended to identify community-based services that were informal and flexible as being particularly appropriate for families where mothers had mental health problems. Although practitioners emphasised the need for appropriate residential settings, most of the resources they described were supportive or preventive. There were concerns that existing mental health services were targeted too high for mothers to be able to use them. Some of the suggestions for integrated services which might offer mental health interventions for parents, child care services and family support on one site came close to constituting a model for a family mental health service. Contemplating such alternative service configurations raises questions about the divides between both children's and adults' services and between health and social care.

Keywords: mental health problems; respite care; community-based services; mental health services; family mental health; social care

Chapter.  3623 words. 

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