The impact of parental mental illness on children and young people

Who is it for?

Social Workers, Adult Mental Health staff, Public Health Nurses and Education staff.


Course content overview

It is not inevitable that living with a parent who experiences mental illness will have a detrimental impact on a child’s development, however there is evidence to suggest that many children in this situation may be more vulnerable.

Working with families facing these difficulties routinely involves partnership working and acknowledgement that, at times, the needs of a child and their parent may be conflicting. The importance of a holistic perspective on family assessment is fundamental to providing appropriate services to both children and their parents in these circumstances – and this is even more vital when child protection issues are also involved.

It must be recognised that this work cannot be limited to specialist services, therefore generic services must also be aware of the potential impact of adult mental illness on children and young people. Practitioners must develop a sound knowledge and understanding of their partner agency’s role within this area to facilitate effective joint working and shared case management.

This course explores the issues outlined above and fully considers ways in which services can respond. In addition you will explore some of the interventions which seek to assist young people in these circumstances.


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How long does this course last?

1 day


Who will provide this training?

Child Protection Committee


When is this course running?