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Concerns over lack of guidance for mental health nurses on parenting

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Serious concerns about a lack of guidance for mental health nurses who assess the parenting capacity of mothers with mental health problems were raised by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Writing in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Sarah Rutherford, practice trainer at the university’s faculty of health, psychology and social care, said: ‘These assessments have major implications as they can lead to mothers being separated from their children.

Despite this, mental health nurses receive no formal training for this difficult role and there is little information available about how these assessments are being carried out and to what standard.’

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