The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series presents findings from their research into what works in preventing cruelty to children. Parental mental health problems are a common feature in child protection investigations. Family SMILES (Simplifying Mental Illness plus Life Enhancement Skills) is an NSPCC service, which works with parents and children to reduce the risk of harm.
Family SMILES is a group work intervention programme for children aged 8 to 13 years who have a parent with a mental health problem. The programme also includes individual sessions for the parent with the mental health problem and joint work with the parent and child. It aims to improve children’s self-esteem, resilience and life skills; to help parents understand the impact of their mental health problem on their child; and to improve protective parenting skills.
The interim evaluation report gives findings from questionnaires completed before and after the programme. It also includes interviews with some of the children and parents who took part.
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