Mental Health Care for Children and Young People in Children’s Homes

NARRATIVE AROUND THE CHILD

We need to be mindful about the narrative that has developed around
the subject of children’s mental health in recent years (‘children’
includes young people up to 18). The story about children’s
psychological and behavioural problems has shifted over time. Human
beings are natural story-tellers. The stories we tell ourselves and
others has a powerful impact on the way we construe and understand
problems. We are passing through an era in which children’s
psychological problems are couched within a ‘medical’ framework. This
narrative has important implications. It implies that there is something
inherently ‘wrong’ with the child (i.e. that the problem is located
within the child). Consequently, solutions focus on ways to change the
child, primarily through the use of pharmacological interventions.
Whilst there is certainly a place for medication in the treatment of
some child mental health disorders, there has been a dramatic increase
in the use of medication during the past couple of decades.   

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Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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