Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around parental mental health and child welfare
Published case reviews tell us that professionals sometimes lack awareness of the extent a mental health problem may impact on parenting capacity. This may result in a failure to identify potential safeguarding issues.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals must recognise the relationship between adult mental health and child protection. Adult and children’s services need to work together to safeguard children when there is a parent with mental health problems.
This briefing is based on case reviews published since 2013, where the mental health problems of parents were a key factor.
Published: July 2015