The Welfare of Children with Mentally Ill Parents. Learning from Inter–Country Comparisons

  • ID: 2250058
  • Book
  • 262 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The welfare of children with mentally ill parents: Learning from inter–country comparisons looks at different approaches to supporting families in ten European countries and one state in Australia. These families have complex needs, and a wide range of agencies in mental health and social services may be involved. This can lead to problems of liaison and co–operation between different agencies and different disciplines.

A vivid picture of service provisions and the way in which legislation can operate in different countries emerges in the book. Professionals identified common problems and effective responses which were used to build a European model of good practice. This takes into account the nature of the difficulties facing families and the strengths and weaknesses of different national systems. The model is used a basis for analysing the particular problems of the English system and the authors suggest ways forward.

This important volume is essential reading for practitioners, managers, academics and students in the fields of social work, mental health and social policy. It is also a key source of reference for policy makers in mental health and social welfare, and for mental health and child welfare pressure groups.

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List of Figures and Tables.

About the Authors.



1 The Context and the Method.

2 The Systems of the Partner Countries: Introduction and the Scandinavian Law Countries.

3 The Systems of the Partner Countries: the Continental Countries and the English–Speaking Countries.

4 Compulsory Hospitalisation in Mental Health and State Intervention for Child Protection.

5 The Responses of the Partner Countries to the Vignette.

6 Issues.

7 Inter–Country Reflections.


8 Comparisons: England, Germany and Italy.

9 The State and the Family: Explaining Variations in Interventions.

10 Risk, Childhood and Mental Health.

11 Co–operation and Communication.


12 Invisible Children.

13 Meeting Needs.

14 Conclusions.

Appendix: The Professions Represented in the Discussion Groups.

Glossary and Index of Acronyms.



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"..Overall this is an excellent book" (Mental health Today, May 2002)

" I would strongly recommend this book " (Child & Family Social Work, Vol.7, No.3, 2002)

" Much can be learned from international comparison studies " (Int Jnl of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Vol.14, No.2, 2002)

" This book is fascinating reading " (The British Journal of Social Work, Vol.32, No.7, 2002)

" found this book to be a comprehensive treatment of the subject " (Child Abuse Review, May 2003)

an important contribution to the debate we can certainly learn from the evidence presented in this book (Child Abuse Review, Vol 12 2003)

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