9.3 B. Guidance and Resources


Mental Health and Growing Up

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2014)

Contains factsheets and guidance for young people on all aspects of mental wellbeing including a leaflet on domestic violence and its affects on children.

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Improving safety, Reducing harm, Children, young people and domestic violence: a practical toolkit for front-line practitioners

Sharpen, J. & the Department of Health (2009)

This comprehensive toolkit for frontline professionals was developed to improve responses to a range of key issues affecting children and young people including domestic violence, bullying, sexual violence and gangs as well as child protection and risk assessments. Protecting children and young people from the effects of domestic violence is vital if we are to improve safety and reduce harm.

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Improving the psychological wellbeing and mental health of children and young people: commissioning early intervention support services

DCSF and Department of Health (2009)

The PSA 12 Delivery Agreement set out a commitment that by 2008/2009 four Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) proxy measures would be used: These are the development and delivery of CAMHS for children and young people with learning disabilities; appropriate accommodation and support for 16- and 17-year-olds; availability of 24-hour cover to meet urgent mental health needs and; joint commissioning of mental health promotion and early intervention support.

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Dealing with Forced Marriage: practice guidance for health professionals

Stobart,  E. (2007)

These guidelines have been produced and co-funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department of Health. They have been compiled in consultation with national and local elements of the Health Service and with relevant non-governmental organisations.

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Maternity Matters: choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service

Department of Health (2007)

This publication is for commissioners, service providers and other organisations involved in the provision of maternity services.  It builds on the maternity services commitment outlined in Our Health, Our Care, Our Say and is an important step towards meeting the maternity standard set out in the Children’s NSF. All women will have choice around the type of care that they receive, together with improved access to services and continuity of midwifery care and support. Domestic Violence is addressed on page 10.

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Tackling the health and mental health effects of domestic and sexual violence and abuse

Department of Health National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE): Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme (VVAPP) Health and Mental Health Programme Implementation Guide In Partnership with the Home Office (2006)

This document sets out a programme of work to equip services and professionals to identify and respond to the health and mental health needs of individuals affected by domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, rape, oblique sexual assault and sexual exploitation including children, adolescents, and adults, both victims and abusers, male and female.

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Living Alongside a Child’s Recovery (Therapeutic Parenting with Traumatised Children)

Pughe, B and  Philpot, T (2006) [abstract]

This book looks at the roots of trauma and how this impacts on the child’s behaviour. It explores the need for therapeutic parenting and how this might be approached in order for the child to recover. People working with children may benefit from this publication as it looks both at individual work with children and group work.

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Responding to Domestic Abuse: a handbook for health professionals

Department of Health (2005)

As well as covering work with women, the handbook covers the basic information that healthcare professionals will need to know to respond effectively to children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.

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National service framework for children, young people and maternity services: executive summary

Department of Health (2004)

Executive summary of the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services. This 10 year programme is intended to stimulate long-term and sustained improvement in children's health. It aims to ensure fair, high quality and integrated health and social care from pregnancy, right through to adulthood.

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Health Service Circular 2003/07 What to do if You’re Worried A Child is Being Abused

Department of Health (2003)

This circular highlights the booklet 'What to do if you're worried a child is being  abused’. The booklet has been developed to help health practitioners comply with government guidance on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

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Child Protection and Female Genital Mutilation

Hedley, R and Dorkenoo, E (1992) [available for purchase]

These guidelines have been developed by FOWRAD and are for the use of workers involved with communities in which FGM is known to be prevalent. The detailed advice should enable Health, Education and Social Work professionals to take measures aimed at the prevention of FGM, and also advocates a supportive approach to enable the communities and individuals involved to eliminate the practice.

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Child Health and Wellbeing Board

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and DH are jointly responsible for promoting the health and wellbeing of all children and young people. A new Child and Health Wellbeing Board has been set up to oversee delivery of the PSA ‘to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people’ and the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity. This Board is jointly chaired by DH and DCSF and is made up of Government and external representatives such Chief Executives of Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and Directors of Children’s Services. The Board will report at ministerial level.

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A Handbook for Health and Social Service Providers and Educators on Children Exposed to Woman Abuse/Family Violence

Sudermann, M. and Jaffe, P. (1999)

This Canadian handbook was created for health and social service providers and for educators in communities across Canada. Those responsible for professional development in service organizations and for professional training of students are encouraged to make use of this information as a training resource.

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