Adult mental health services and the collaboration with child protection services

Camilla Lauritzen, Charlotte Reedtz


Parental mental illness may increase the likelihood of neglect and abuse, and is also a potent risk factor in terms of offspring developing mental health problems themselves. Collaboration between the adult mental health services (AMHS) and the child protection services (CPS) has the potential of reducing risk for the children, by using family supporting interventions and making help available at an earlier stage. The aim of this study was to explore the collaboration between the CPS and the AMHS in terms of routines, attitudes and knowledge. Data was gathered using electronic survey questionnaires. Several barriers to inter-service collaboration were identified in this study. Even though adult mental health professionals were positive towards the CPS, they were reluctant to refer cases of concern. They also lacked knowledge about the CPS. Conclusion: The results indicate that there is an unresolved potential for inter-service collaboration involving the children of patients with mental health problems.

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Journal of Hospital Administration

ISSN 1927-6990(Print)   ISSN 1927-7008(Online)

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