Building resilience in families
Thursday 28 May 2009
Parental mental illness and substance misuse
is a growing cause of concern, with such difficulties being
recorded in at least a third of cases where families are referred
to social services due to child protection concerns. Yet some
children are more affected by these issues than others.
Resilience in children under these circumstances is shaped by a
number of factors, but this information is only useful if
these factors can be influenced and such knowledge translated into
effective service interventions.
Building Resilience in Families Under Stress is a new
handbook in NCB's toolkit series. It emerged from NCB's
two-year project 'Building Resilience and Supporting
Relationships in Families under Stress' managed by Emma Sawyer,
author of the book and senior development officer at NCB. The
handbook explores how professionals can effectively support
parenting in these families and, in turn, improve the welfare of
children and young people.
Sheryl Burton, director of social inclusion at NCB, said:
"Working with families affected by parental mental health and/or
substance misuse problems is extremely challenging and
professionals need assistance to bolster their capacity,
knowledge and confidence.
"Building Resilience in Families Under Stress provides
constructive, practical information to help professionals more
effectively support parenting in safeguarding children's welfare in
these highly complex, stressful situations."
NCB has provided a copy of the handbook to all directors of
children's services and chairs of local safeguarding boards. The
handbook is also relevant to students and academics in social
policy, and professionals who are involved in providing services to
families with parental mental illness and substance misuse.
For more information visit www.ncb.org.uk/books call 0845 458
9910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Price £20.00
/ NCB members £16.00