Looked after children in dublin and their mental health needs

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/132118
Title:
Looked after children in dublin and their mental health needs
Authors:
McNicholas, F; O'Connor, N; Bandyopadhyay, G
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Apr-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/132118
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Children in care in Ireland have increased by 27% in the last decade. This population is recognized to be among the most vulnerable. This study aims to describe their placement histories, service use and mental health needs. Data was obtained on 174 children (56.5% of eligible sample) with a mean age of 10.83 (SD = 5.04). 114 (65.5%) were in care for three years or more. 29 (16.7%) did not have a SW and 49 (37.7%) had no GP. 50 (28.7%) were attending CAMHS. Long term care, frequent placement changes and residential setting were significantly related with poorer outcomes and increased MH contact. Given the increase in numbers in care and the overall decrease in resource allocation to health and social care, individual care planning and prioritizing of resources are essential.
Keywords:
CHILD IN CARE; CHILD HEALTH

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcNicholas, Fen
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Nen
dc.contributor.authorBandyopadhyay, Gen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-25T15:44:18Z-
dc.date.available2011-05-25T15:44:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-04-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/132118-
dc.descriptionChildren in care in Ireland have increased by 27% in the last decade. This population is recognized to be among the most vulnerable. This study aims to describe their placement histories, service use and mental health needs. Data was obtained on 174 children (56.5% of eligible sample) with a mean age of 10.83 (SD = 5.04). 114 (65.5%) were in care for three years or more. 29 (16.7%) did not have a SW and 49 (37.7%) had no GP. 50 (28.7%) were attending CAMHS. Long term care, frequent placement changes and residential setting were significantly related with poorer outcomes and increased MH contact. Given the increase in numbers in care and the overall decrease in resource allocation to health and social care, individual care planning and prioritizing of resources are essential.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectCHILD IN CAREen
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen
dc.titleLooked after children in dublin and their mental health needsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
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