The Lost Child

The Lost Child looks at the life of a child growing up in a family where there is parental mental illness. The story is told through Tina, 16, who shares her thoughts and feelings about her understanding of the problems of her parents and the variety of health and  social care professionals she encounters. This dvd purports to raise awareness and encourage  pro-active debate on a variety of issues surrounding child protection and adult mental health.

The Lost Child has been used as a component of Safeguarding Children Training provided to clinicians and practitioners working within NEPFT. The DVD is used as an interactive exercise within which professionals explore the impact of parental mental illness on the child and the knowledge of professionals working in different domains and agencies.

The response to the DVD has always been excellent. It enables professionals to consider the impact of mental illness on relationships, the position of the child and frequent absence of the child’s voice in adult mental health services. Following use of the DVD as an interactive exercise, professionals link the lessons learned into policy and procedure. The DVD is thus an essential component in translating theory regarding the impact of parental mental illness on children and families into practice.

Lancashire. Social Services Department
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(30 mins.), DVD
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United Kingdom