Building Resilience in Families Under Stress
Subtitle: Supporting families affected by parental substance misuse and/or mental health problems- Second edition
Emma Sawyer And Sheryl Burton
About the Author
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Parental mental health problems and substance misuse affect a significant number of British families. Many of these families are living in poverty or on low incomes. In economically and socially challenging times, additional stresses are placed on these already vulnerable families. There is an urgent need for services to ensure that children and families receive support that is based on a full understanding of their day-to-day experience and the potential impacts on children's development and life chances.
Featuring pointers, models and practice examples this handbook considers the concept of resilience and effective family support. Assessing the policy context and possible barriers to support, it looks at assessment of need, safeguarding children, minimising negative impact, and most importantly, keeping families together where possible.
Drawing on key research on the risks and impacts, Building Resilience demonstrates the need for a joined-up approach from a range of adult and children's services.
This second edition has been updated to reflect developments in policy and services. It is essential reading for all professionals who are involved in providing services to families, and will also be of interest to service commissioners and those with an academic interest in 'what helps' to support children and families in these circumstances.
Emma Sawyer has worked as a social worker, manager and trainer, she has extensive experience of working with children and families with complex and challenging needs. Whilst working for NCB, Emma published several resources on how services can best work together to support parenting more effectively.
Sheryl Burton is the director of NCB's vulnerable children programme. Prior to joining NCB, Sheryl worked as a social work practitioner and team leader, specialising in work with children and families on the threshold of care. With a Diploma in Public Service Management and training in systemic family therapy, Sheryl has a strong interest and practice in solutions-focused therapy. She has written a number of publications for NCB.
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