Working with families with parental mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues where there are child protection concerns

Working with families with parental mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues where there are child protection concerns

Inter-agency collaboration

Dominiek Coates

Inter-agency collaboration is paramount to the protection of vulnerable children, especially in families with a complex array of problems. This article presents a range of recommendations to improve collaboration between child protection workers and mental health/drug and alcohol clinicians - from the perspective of clinicians operating in Keep Them Safe-Whole Family Team (KTS-WFT), a New South Wales referral service providing interventions to families with parental mental health/drug and alcohol problems where there are child protection concerns. Participants reported a number of barriers to effective collaboration and recommended options for how these could be addressed.

Citation:

Coates, D. (2015). Working with families with parental mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues where there are child protection concerns: Inter-agency collaboration. Child and Family Social Work. Advance online publication. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cfs.12238/abstract

Publication/Completion Year:
2015

Research Focus

Topic(s):
  • Support for vulnerable and at-risk families
  • Child protection services, systems and/or practice
Child Abuse Type(s):
  • Type not specified

Source

Information obtained from:
Literature Review
Added to Register: 30 June 2016
Last updated: 30 June 2016

Publication meta

Project location(s):
  • New South Wales
Project Type:
Research only
Participants/Data Sample:
  • Parents
Methodology:
Qualitative

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