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Sawyer, Emma (2009) Building resilience in families under stress: supporting families affected by parental substance misuse and/or mental health problems. A handbook for practitioners. Toolkit series London: National Children's Bureau .

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.


Item Type:Book
Date:2009
Call No:AN6, TW2.10, VH4.4
Pages:150 p.
Publisher:National Children's Bureau
Place of Publication:London
ISBN:978-1-905818-46-4
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Accession Number:HRB 4859 (Available)
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Skills > Coping skills / Resilience
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Family or marital therapy
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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