IDENTIFYING THE MENTAL HEALTH VULNERABILITIES OF CHILDREN IN CARE

15:30 - 16:30


Infants and children who enter the care system have all too often experienced early trauma that carries with it a heightened risk of mental health problems at each development stage. But with strapped resources and difficulties in accessing support, including child and adolescent mental health services, this is a particularly challenging area of work and evidence suggests the mental health of looked-after children is being overlooked. In this session you will learn about:

  • Up-to-date research on the mental health vulnerabilities of looked-after children, including early findings from a government inquiry investigating the link between childhood trauma and poor long-term outcomes
  • Tips and best practice for identifying and supporting mental health vulnerabilities in looked-after children
  • How the approaches used by Haringey and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s First Step project are improving access to mental health services and long-term outcomes for looked-after children

Speaker:

Dr Jenifer Wakelyn, lead child and adolescent psychotherapist and deputy manager, First Step
Martina Weilandt, clinical social worker, First Step


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