CH FBT 019

Parental mental health: Frontline Tool (2018)

Published: 25/04/2018

Author: Ryan M


Mental health problems are common:

  • Around one in four of the adult population will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. A third of these will be parents at the time.
  • Parental mental health problems can have a negative impact on children's development but most parents who experience mental health problems do not neglect or harm their children.

However, when we analyse the factors involved in serious case reviews or in the removal of children into care, parental mental health problems are identified in a high proportion of cases. The risk of harm to a child increases where mental health problems are present alongside other pressures and problems and where there are fewer protective factors.

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