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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE): Think Family – A guide to parental mental health and child welfare

What is it?

In July 2009 Liverpool was chosen by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to be an implementation site for its guide Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare.

Work already achieved by Barnardo's Action with Young Carers led to the city's involvement with this project. The aim was to explore ways of working with the whole family when parents are identified as having mental ill health.

The project reached its formal conclusion in 2011. You can read the final report on the SCIE website.


In Liverpool we made sure that we took a multi-agency approach to the project involving Liverpool City Council, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Barnardo’s Action with Young Carers, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, Liverpool PCT and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Some of our achievements include:

  • Making sure that all newly qualified social workers receive a Think Family session as part of their induction
  • Training adult and children’s practitioners in using the children’s CAF (common assessment framework) and team around the family process
  • Piloting the pre-CAF in one community mental health team (CMHT) with a view to rolling out to all teams
  • Recruiting four family support workers, one for each CMHT, who work closely with children’s centres
  • Developing a half-day training for schools around identifying young carers as well as a set of posters to be displayed in schools
  • Improving our care pathways for young carers
  • Developing pathways that support professionals working with both adults and children when they identify a child who might have additional needs

 Want to know more?

If you are a professional and would like more information on our work, please contact us on the email shown.

If you are an adult or a young person affected by mental ill health please contact Careline, Liverpool City Council's social care call centre (adult services: 0151 233 3800, children's services: 0151 233 3700).

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Cunard Building
Water Street
L3 1AH