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McNicholas, Fiona and O'Connor, N and Bandyopadhyay, G and Doyle, P and O'Donovan, A and Belton, M (2011) Looked after children in Dublin and their mental health needs. Irish Medical Journal , 104 , (4) , pp. 105-108.

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Children in care in Ireland have increased by 27% in the last decade. This population is recognized to be among the most vulnerable. This study aims to describe their placement histories, service use and mental health needs. Data was obtained on 174 children (56.5% of eligible sample) with a mean age of 10.83 (SD = 5.04). 114 (65.5%) were in care for three years or more. 29 (16.7%) did not have a SW and 49 (37.7%) had no GP. 50 (28.7%) were attending CAMHS. Long term care, frequent placement changes and residential setting were significantly related with poorer outcomes and increased MH contact. Given the increase in numbers in care and the overall decrease in resource allocation to health and social care, individual care planning and prioritizing of resources are essential.


Item Type:Article
Date:2011
Page Range:pp. 105-108
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Volume:104
Number:4
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Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Early intervention (young children)

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