Mental Health and Family Law
is the result of the 2009 Interdisciplinary Conference held at Dartington Hall. The Conference assembled a uniquely qualified group of contributors, drawn from the many professions involved in the work of the family justice system. This book brings together their papers and provides a detailed examination of the latest theory and practice in respect of:
- Parental mental health and its impact on children
- Assessing and representing parents with mental health issues
- Specific issues relevant to mental health
- Children's mental health problems
- Intervention options
- Responsibilities in relation to services to children and parents
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Although spoilt by attending all of the Dartington Conferences, I am each time impressed by the commitment of those who take part, and by the lively and thought-provoking exchanges the interdisciplinary environment promotes.
Mental health issues permeate the family law system. When the court is faced with parents or children with mental health difficulties it calls on the expertise of a wide range of specialists, working across various disciplines to try and help the family. At the Dartington Conference delegates from those disciplines join those who have carefully prepared the papers in this volume. Over 3 days we discuss important themes, and share our expertise and practical experiences of working with families. Together we formulate resolutions that reflect the consensus reached, and which we hope will inform the work of the Family Justice Council, Ministry of Justice, Department for Children Schools and Families and Local Authorities across the country.
I am grateful to all those that have contributed to this work, to Marina Faggionato for collating the conference materials and to Jordans for publishing them. I hope that this volume will be widely read and that the work of the Conference reaches all those involved in the family justice system.
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Thorpe
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