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The mental health needs of looked after children in the South Humber region

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, ALASZEWSKI Helen, RIORDAN Denise
Publisher:
University of Hull. Department of Social Work and Community Health
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
29p.
Place of publication:
Hull

The study described in this paper aimed to explore the mental health problems of looked after children and to examine the service response to those needs in Hull. High levels of mental health need in the study group were associated with placement disruption. Educational difficulties were also apparent in the group with the highest levels of mental health need. Longer-term input from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) professionals did not appear to be targeted on the group with the highest level of mental health needs.

Book

The mental health needs of looked after children in the South Humber region: summary report

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, ALASZEWSKI Helen, RIORDAN Denise
Publisher:
University of Hull. Department of Social Work and Community Health
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
Hull

The study described in this paper aimed to explore the mental health problems of looked after children and to examine the service response to those needs in Hull. High levels of mental health need in the study group were associated with placement disruption. Educational difficulties were also apparent in the group with the highest levels of mental health need. Longer-term input from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) professionals did not appear to be targeted on the group with the highest level of mental health needs.

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Responding effectively to students' mental health needs: project report

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, MANTHORPE Jill, BRADLEY Greta
Publisher:
University of Hull
Publication year:
2000
Place of publication:
Hull

This project was funded under the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Special Initiative to Encourage High Quality Provision for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.  This initiative offered higher education institutions (HEIs) support in developing their disability services to meet the demands of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 at a time when the numbers and diversity of the student population were increasing.  Throughout the nineties, student counselling services regularly identified concerns about increasing levels of severe mental health problems in the student population, and, as academics, the project team were familiar with the high levels of anxiety generated by individual cases.

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Spirit of inquiry

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, MANTHORPE Jill
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 21.10.04, 2004, pp.38-39.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at the potential and pitfalls of inquiries and argues that they have much to contribute to learning, but that this is not always realised. Argues that reform of inquiries should build on this and also make the most of the capacity of inquiries to learn from each other.

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Parental mental health and child welfare: reviews of policy and professional education

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, COX Pat
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
158p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Mental health has been the focus of much recent policy development accompanied by increasing awareness of the impact of mental illness, not only on those who experience it, but also on family members, including children, and wider communities. This knowledge review examines existing knowledge and practice in health and social care services regarding parental mental health and child welfare. New guidelines for health and social care staff working with adults and children in a range of settings will be produced. It presents the results of searches of policy and searches of guidance on professional education, to ascertain whether, how and to what extent knowledge, structures, models, skills and values for working with parents with mental health problems and their children are addressed in policy and in professional education. The aims and objectives of these reviews were established through a process of consultation with SCIE and the main body of work was undertaken between December 2006 and September 2007 with revisions added in response to reviewers’ comments early in 2008. The reviews aim to be transparent and accessible in both description of process and presentation of findings, and fit for purpose in progressing the larger review of parental mental health and child welfare.

Journal article

Young people's and carers' perspectives on the mental health needs of looked-after adolescents

Author:
STANLEY Nicky
Journal article citation:
Child and Family Social Work, 12(3), August 2007, p.258–267.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

While the mental health needs of looked-after young people have been described in a number of clinical studies, the views of looked-after adolescents themselves concerning their mental health needs have only rarely been reported. This study used focus groups to elicit the ideas and experiences of looked-after young people in two local authorities in England. Front-line carers in the region were also surveyed. Young people and carers were agreed in highlighting the damaging effects of the discontinuity and change experienced in the looked-after system. Young people emphasized the importance of exercising choice and control when seeking and receiving support and identified the value of positive role models provided by ‘survivors’ of the care system. Carers reported high levels of risk behaviour, particularly self-harm, among young people in children's homes. These differing perspectives need to be openly acknowledged and negotiated within care settings in order that relevant and accessible therapeutic and support services can be offered to looked-after adolescents.

Journal article

Learning curve

Authors:
MANTHORPE Jill, STANLEY Nicky
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 102, March 2000, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
MIND

'Learning for all' is the aim of current reform in higher education. This article discusses the needs of students with mental health problems.

Journal article

The mental health of looked after children: matching response to need

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, RIORDAN Denise, ALASZEWSKI Helen
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 13(3), May 2005, pp.239-248.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This study aimed to explore the mental health problems of looked after children and to examine the service response to those needs in two English local authorities. The study utilised a purposive sample of 80 looked after children which was biased towards those with high needs but which reflected the characteristics of looked after children in the two areas with regard to age, gender and type of placement. Key data on children and young people were collected from social services' case files and a set of indicators of mental health need was designed by the research team in order to distinguish different types and levels of mental health problems. High levels of mental health need in the study group were associated with placement disruption. Educational difficulties were also apparent in the group with the highest levels of mental health need. Longer-term input from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) professionals did not appear to be targeted on the group with the highest level of mental health needs. The researchers conclude that longer-term CAMHS interventions could be usefully focused on looked after children who have experienced high levels of placement disruption. As the professional group most likely to be providing substantial intervention to looked after children and their carers, social workers require relevant training in identifying and responding to mental health needs. CAMHS professionals could develop and strengthen their consultative roles with front-line carers, social workers and schools.

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Out of the loop

Author:
STANLEY Nicky
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 15.4.04, 2004, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at the separation of children's and adult's services implied in the Children Bill. Argues that children whose parents have mental health problems might not be well served by the separation. Reports on research by the University of Hull which surveyed 500 health and social care professionals.

Book

Child protection and mental health services: interprofessional responses to the needs of mothers

Authors:
STANLEY Nicky, et al
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
148p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Health and social care professionals are constantly exhorted to work collaboratively. This book reports on research which examines interprofessional work with families in which mothers have a mental health problem and where there are also concerns about child protection. Breakdowns in interprofessional collaboration, issues of risk and relevant resources are all addressed. Mothers' views and experiences are contrasted with professional perspectives. This book: reports on a survey of 500 practitioners working in health, social services and the voluntary sector; presents data from in-depth interviews with mothers with severe mental health problems; identifies weaknesses in interprofessional coordination in this area of work; and suggests a new model for work with families where mental health problems and child protection concerns co-exist.

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