Addressing the mental health needs of looked after children in foster care: the experiences of foster carers

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Jones, J. and York, W. (2017). Addressing the mental health needs of looked after children in foster care: the experiences of foster carers. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing. 24, pp. 143-153. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12362
AuthorsJones, J. and York, W.
Abstract

Introduction
Despite well-documented vulnerabilities to mental health problems among the increasing population of looked after children, there continues to be poor uptake and utilization of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Aim
To elicit views of foster carers regarding the mental health needs of children and adolescents in their care and their experiences of accessing mental health services.

Methods
A grounded theory approach and semistructured interviews with ten foster carers.

Results
The experience of being a foster carer was the core category, with three major themes: (1) foster carers’ psychological understanding of challenging behaviour; (2) barriers to accessing CAMHS; (3) the importance of support.

Discussion
A key finding of this research is that barriers to accessing CAMHS were not experienced at the point of referral, but once within the mental health system. The foster carers demonstrated a proactive approach to accessing services but expressed a need for more support structures related directly to the viability of the placement.

Implications for practice
Mental health nurses have a pivotal role in providing a more responsive and needs-led service for this population; professional support to foster carers to include facilitating peer support; and clinical interventions for the looked after children.

Year2017
JournalJournal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Journal citation24, pp. 143-153
PublisherWiley
ISSN1351-0126
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12362
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12362
Publication dates
Online25 Jan 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted07 Nov 2016
Deposited27 Mar 2023
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