1st Edition

Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Children and Young People Supporting Children who are, or have been, in Foster Care

Edited By Michael Tarren-Sweeney, Arlene Vetere Copyright 2014
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    More than half of children either in foster care, or adopted from care in the developed world, have a measurable need for mental health services, while up to one quarter present with complex and severe trauma- and attachment-related psychological disorders. This book outlines how services can effectively detect, prevent, and treat mental health difficulties in this vulnerable population.

    Responding to increasing evidence that standard child and adolescent mental health services are poorly matched to the mental health service needs of children and young people who have been in foster care, this book provides expert guidance on the design of specialised services. The first part provides an overview of these children’s mental health needs, their use of mental health services and what is known about the effectiveness of mental health interventions provided to them. The second part presents some recent innovations in mental health service delivery, concentrating on advances in clinical and developmental assessment and treatment. The final part confronts the challenges for delivering effective mental health services in this area.

    This is the definitive international reference for the design of specialised mental health services for children and young people in care and those adopted from care. It is invaluable reading for health and social care professionals working with this population and academics with an interest in child and adolescent mental health from a range of disciplines, including social work, nursing and psychology.

    Foreword  Lord Listowel  Part 1: Overview  Chapter 1. Establishing the Need for Mental Health Services for Children and Young People in Care, and Those Who are Subsequently Adopted  Michael Tarren-Sweeney and Arlene Vetere  Chapter 2. The Benefits of Outpatient Mental Health Services for Children in Long-Term Foster Care  Jennifer Bellamy, Geetha Gopalan, and Dorian Traube  Chapter 3. Our 21st Century Quest – Locating Effective Mental Health Interventions for Children and Young People in Care, and Those Adopted From Care  Michael Tarren-Sweeney  Part 2: Recent Innovations in Mental Health Service Delivery  Chapter 4. Enhancing Adoptive Parenting: From a Trial of Effectiveness to Translation  Alan Rushton  Chapter 5. The "Spirit of New Orleans": Translating a Model of Intervention with Maltreated Children and Their Families for the Glasgow Context  Helen Minnis, Graham Bryce, Louise Phin and Phil Wilson  Chapter 6. Social-emotional Screening and Intervention for 0-4 Year-Old Children Entering Care  Carol Hardy and Elizabeth Murphy  Chapter 7. Using an Attachment Narrative Approach with Families Where the Children are Looked After or Adopted  Rudi and Annie Dallos  Part 3: Designing Specialised Mental Health Services for Children in Care, and Those Adopted From Care  Chapter 8. Ten Years Later: The Experience of a CAMHS Service for Children in Care  Megan Chambers  Chapter 9. Multi-Agency and Specialist Working to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Children in Care and Adopted   Kim Golding  Chapter 10. Some Reflections on the Use of Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Looked After or ‘In Care’ Child Population  Margaret DeJong  Chapter 11. The Making and Breaking of Relationships: Organizational and Clinical Questions in Establishing a Family Life for Looked After Children?  John Simmonds Chapter 12. Principles for the Design of Mental Health Services for Children and Young People in Care, and Those Adopted from Care  Michael Tarren-Sweeney


    Michael Tarren-Sweeney is a Clinical Psychologist, Epidemiologist and Child Developmental Theorist. He is Associate Professor of Child and Family Psychology at Canterbury University in New Zealand (where he teaches postgraduate psychology trainees through to board registration), as well as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for government and charitable children’s agencies in Australia.

    Arlene Vetere is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Deputy Director of the PsychD in clinical psychology at Surrey University, UK. She is Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway. She is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist.