Young parents: learning from case reviews

Publication date 2021

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around working with young parents

​Case reviews published since 2018 suggest that practitioners don’t always fully understand the experiences and issues that might put young parents and their children at risk.

The learning highlights that practitioners should:

  • focus on the welfare of all the children in a family, particularly when parents are children or teenagers themselves
  • consider how young parents’ own experiences of abuse, neglect and trauma and other significant life events might impact their children
  • think about the underlying causes of mental health issues and substance misuse when assessing families.

Published: October 2021

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