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Child protection and mental health servicesInterprofessional responses to the needs of mothers$
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Nicky Stanley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344274.001.0001

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Conceptualising needs and evaluating risk

Conceptualising needs and evaluating risk

(p.83) Nine Conceptualising needs and evaluating risk
Child protection and mental health services

Nicky Stanley

Bridget Penhale

Denise Riordan

Rosaline S. Barbour

Sue Holden

Policy Press

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

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