Barbour, Rosaline B., Stanley, Nicky, Penhale, Bridget and Holden, Sue (2002) Assessing Risk: Professional Perspectives on Work Involving Mental Health and Child Care Services. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 16 (4). pp. 323-334. ISSN 1356-1820
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1356182021000008256
The assessment of risk is central to work with families where parental mental health needs and child care concerns coexist. This article reports on the findings of three interprofessional focus groups which examined professionals' experiences of working with such families. Specialisation and differing thresholds and codes were identified as factors which contributed to difficulties for practitioners and families and scepticism was expressed concerning the feasibility of a key worker system for this group. The issue of psychiatric diagnosis evoked ambivalent responses and was both valued as offering direction for planning interventions and seen as a means of labelling and excluding individuals from services. The focus group participants were aware that assessing risk placed families under considerable pressure, but practitioners themselves also appeared to experience an emphasis on risk as restrictive.
|Additional Information:||risk; professional; work; mental health; child care services|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
|Schools:||College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Social Work, Care and Community|
|Deposited By:||Lorna Marie Burrow|
|Deposited On:||10 Sep 2012 14:37|
|Last Modified:||10 Sep 2012 14:37|
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