Protecting children through supporting parents

Akister, Jane (2009) Protecting children through supporting parents. Journal of Public Mental Health. ISSN 1746-5729

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Abstract

All parents need social and emotional suppor t to ensure optimal outcomes for children. For the majority of families, this suppor t comes through family and social networks and the institutions of education and health. The challenge for society is to protect and assist parents and children when things are going wrong. Although there are known indicators for risk, it can be hard to be sure of when and how to intervene in family life to protect children and suppor t parents. Such interventions may have to be made in relation to episodic events, for example a recurrence of a depression in one of the parents, and in the face of continuing difficulties, for example pover ty or social exclusion. This paper examines two, quite different, challenges for professionals trying to suppor t parents. First, it makes some suggestions about how it is that professionals can fail to recognise signs of child maltreatment. The identification of child maltreatment is critical in taking appropriate steps to protect children. Second, it considers the complexity of the task of suppor ting parents, including whether suppor t should be based on the parents views about services that they would like, or on professional and policy-makers judgements about how to meet the parents’ needs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Akister, J., 2009. Protecting children through supporting parents. Journal of Public Mental Health, 8(4), pp.11-17..
Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Care (for research published prior to September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 14:43
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:48
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/115427

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