Children’s needs: Parenting Capacity. The impact of parental mental illness, problem alcohol and drug use, and domestic violence on children’s development


The second edition of this report provides an update on the effect of parental problems, such as substance misuse and mental illness, on children’s welfare.

In many families, children’s health and development are being affected by the difficulties their parents are experiencing. The findings from research, however, suggest that services are not always forthcoming. Practically a quarter of referrals to children’s social care resulted in no action being taken.

Cleaver H, Unell I, Aldgate J.
2011 (2nd edition)
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For use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them.