Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare
Implementation site tools and resources
Improving access to services
- Are you thinking family (Northern Ireland)?
- Are you thinking family? A4 poster (Northern Ireland)
- Champion Job Role
- Communication strategy (Northern Ireland)
- Mental Health Childrens Services Think Family Newsletters (Northern Ireland)
- Think Family Glossary
- Young carers’ poster – students
- Young carers’ poster – teachers
- Young Carers Mental Health Leaflet
A strategic approach
- Final Draft Parental mental health and child welfare protocol
- Joint Protocol Responding to the Needs of Children whose Parents have Mental Health and/or Substance Misuse issues (Northern Ireland)
- Mental health framework (Northern Ireland)
- Protocol for Joint Working Across Adult Mental Health And Children’s Services
- Service Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing (Northern Ireland)
Putting it into practice
Whilst this is not an exhaustive list of the wide range of resources that are available on parental mental health and child welfare, it is a starting point for accessing information that supports and informs the guidance. The vast majority of the references are hyperlinked, designed to give instant access as you need it.
- Royal College of Physicians (2009) Advance care planning: national guidelines.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2009) Mental Capacity Act 2005 resources.
- MIND (2008) Overview and key provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. .
- MIND (2008) Healthcare and welfare/Personal care decisions under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Carers and young carersOpen
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2007) Implementing the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004,
- Butler, A. and Astbury, G. (2005) 'The caring child: an evaluative case study of the Cornwall Young Carers project', Children and Society, 19(4), September 2005, pp 292–303.
- Becker, S. and Dearden, C. (2004/05) 'Carers', Research Matters, No18, October 2004–April 2005, pp 11–18.
- Fox, A. (2004), 'Who cares about us?: the unmet needs of young carers' Childright, No 209, September 2004, pp 17–18.
- Princess Royal Trust for Carers (2002), Consultation with carers: good practice guide.
- Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) (2009) Supporting young carers: identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of young carers and their families, Manchester: OFSTED.
- Becker, F. and Becker, S. (2008) Young adult carers in the UK: experiences, needs and services for carers aged 16–24, Woodford Green: Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
- Department of Health (2008) Carers at the heart of 21st-century families and communities, London: Department of Health.
- Aldridge, J. (2008) 'All work and no play?: Understanding the needs of children with caring responsibilities, Children and Society, 22(4), July 2008, pp 253–264.
- Bernardo's (2009) Barnardo's 10 messages from young carers (part of 'Keeping the family in mind' project and pack), Ilford: Bernardo's.
- Bernardo's (2009) For children's sake (anti-stigma pack), Ilford: Barnardo's.
- Rethink (2001) Young carers of people with a severe mental illness
- Children's Society (2008) Young Carers Initiative, Promoting good practice for young carers and their families
- Princess Royal Trust for Carers (2008) Young Carers.net – information and advice for young carers.
Children's and families' servicesOpen
Confidentiality and information sharingOpen
- Royal College of Psychiatrists (2004) Carers and confidentiality in mental health.
- Department of Health (2005) Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information: General Medical Services (GMS), Personal Medical Services (PMS), and Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) Code of Practice 2005.
- Patient Information Advisory Grouphttp://www.dh.gov.uk/ab/PIAG/index.htm
Developing interagency protocols Open
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2006) Supporting disabled parents and parents with additional support needs
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2007) Working together to support disabled parents.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2003) Families that have alcohol and mental health problems: a template for partnership working
Family visiting roomsOpen
- Robinson, B. and Scott, S. (2007) How mental health services can best promote family contact when a parent is in hospital, Ilford: Barnardo's.
Mental health servicesOpen
- MIND – offering support and information about mental health
- NHS Direct – 24 hour advice from trained nurses
- The Princess Royal Trust for Carers – provides comprehensive carers support services across the UK.
- Sane – information and advice for people with mental health problems and those who support them.
- Samaritans – confidential support for people needing emotional support.
- Young Minds – information about mental health for young people.
Parent and children's accountsOpen
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Experiences of children and young people caring for a parent with a mental health problem.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Children's and young people's experiences of domestic violence involving adults in a parenting role.
- Bernardo's (2009) Keeping the family in mind – resource pack.
- Townsend, M. (2007) The father I had, London: Bantam Press.
- Cowling, V. (ed) (2004) Children of parents with mental illness, West Drayton: Acer Press.
Personalisation and user involvement in service changeOpen
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Seldom heard – Developing inclusive participation in social care.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Looking out from the middle: User involvement in health and social care in Northern Ireland.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2007) Developing social care – service users driving culture change.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2007) Improving social and health care services.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Personalisation: a rough guide.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2009) Co-production: an emerging evidence base for adult social care transformation.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2009) Changing social care: an inclusive approach.
Mental health policy and practice guidanceOpen
- Department of Health (2009) New Horizons Next Steps For Mental Health Policy
- Department of Health (1999) National service framework for mental health: modern standards and service models.
- Care Quality Commission – inspection for health and social care.
- Department of Health (2002) Women's mental health: into the mainstream.
- Department of Health (2008) Refocusing the care programme approach: policy and positive practice guidance.
- Department of Health (2008) Making the CPA work for you: booklet and summary leaflet.
- SCIE/CSIP/DH (2008) Care programme approach (Cpa) Briefing:
Parents with mental health problems and their childrenOpen
- Department of Health (2009) Mental Health Act 1983 information leaflets.
- Independent mental health advocates
- Department of Health (2009) Valuing people – a new strategy for learning disability for the 21st century.
Professional development and improvement networksOpen
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Supporting people in accessing meaningful work: Recovery approaches in community-based adult mental health services.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2007) The recovery approach in community-based vocational and training adult mental health day services.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2007) A common purpose: Recovery in future mental health services.
Resilience and stressorsOpen
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2004) Promoting resilience in fostered children and young people.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Stress and resilience factors in parents with mental health problems and their children.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2005) Managing risks and minimising mistakes in services to children and families.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Learning together to safeguard children: developing a multi-agency systems approach for case reviews.
Screening, assessment tools and guidelinesOpen
- Gopfert, M. (ed) (2004) Parental psychiatric disorder: distressed parents and their families, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Falkov, A. (ed) (2008) 'A family-focused assessment tool' in The Clinician MH-Kids Volume 4, Vulnerable families: children of parents with mental illness.
- Mental Health outcomes and training tool (MHOAT)
- DCSF and University of Warwick (2008) Health-led parenting interventions in pregnancy and early years.
- Mental Health Foundation (2003) From pregnancy To early childhood: early interventions to enhance the mental health of children and families.
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2007) Antenatal and postnatal mental health: The NICE guideline on clinical management and service guidance.
- Royal College of Psychiatry (2007) A series of resources on postnatal depression
- Royal College of Psychiatry (2007) Being seen and heard (Patients as parents) training pack.
Social inclusion Open
- Social Exclusion Taskforce (2009) Families at risk review.
- Social Exclusion Taskforce (2009) Family nurse partnerships.
- National Social Inclusion Programme (2009) Vision and progress: social inclusion and mental health.
- Social Exclusion Unit – ODPM (2OO4) Mental health and social exclusion.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Black and minority ethnic parents with mental health problems and their children. .
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2009) The relationship between dual diagnosis: substance misuse and dealing with mental health issues.
- Barnardo's (2008) Family minded: supporting children in families affected by mental illness.
- Barnardo's (2009) Improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children: A review of the implementation of Action 16 of the Mental Health and Social Exclusion Action Plan 2005–2008.
Training and development resources Open
- Meriden project
- State Government, Victoria, Australia (2007) Families where a parent has a mental illness: a service development strategy.
- Department of Health (1998) Crossing Bridges Crossing bridges training resources for working with mentally ill parents and their children reader – for managers, practitioners and trainers.
- Barnardo's (2009) Keeping the family in mind.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (2008) Poverty, parenting and social exclusion.