Parental mental health problems were identified as a factor in over half of a sample of 33 serious case reviews in England from 2009-2010 (Brandon, 2011).
Published case reviews tell us that professionals sometimes lack awareness of the extent a mental health problem may impact on parenting capacity. This may result in a failure to identify potential safeguarding issues.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals must recognise the relationship between adult mental health and child protection. Adult and children’s services need to work together to safeguard children when there is a parent with mental health problems.
Published: July 2015