Support for children of service users in Norway
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Support for children of service users in Norway

Camilla Lauritzen Research fellow, Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Welfare, University of Tromsø, Norway
Charlotte Reedtz Associate professor, Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Welfare, University of Tromsø, Norway

Despite an amendment in the law making it mandatory for mental health practitioners to provide follow-up care, a study has shown that clinical practice has been slow to change, say Camilla Lauritzen and Charlotte Reedtz

Aim To investigate whether lack of identification by healthcare workers of children of adult mental health service users was related to negative staff attitudes and organisational barriers to incorporating a child perspective.

Method Qualitative analysis of how the workforce described the task of, and barriers to, taking a child perspective.

Results Difficulties were organisational, staff-related, child- and family-related, and contextual. Essential factors to be resolved in supporting these children were related to organisation and management, staff, families and context.

Conclusions Clinical practice will not change unless the organisation and the workforce have been adequately prepared and resourced.

Mental Health Practice. 16, 10, 12-18. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.07.16.10.12.e875

Correspondence

camilla.lauritzen@uit.no

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 07 September 2012

Accepted: 14 November 2012