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Mental Health & Children’s Services: Working Together with Families

Why is the BHSCP providing this course?

This course brings together staff working in adult mental health services with children’s service’s staff to explore the way parental mental health difficulties can impact on the lives of children and young people. The session explores how they can work together to create better outcomes for families. The aim is to promote effective working together across agencies when working with families where a parent or carer has a mental health problem.

Target Audience:

Professionals in children’s or adult mental health services who may undertake, or be involved in, the assessment of families where a parent or carer has a mental health difficulty.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To gain understanding of the roles of professionals in other specialist area, what they do & what they provide
  • To consider ways in which parental mental ill health and parenting capacity interact.
  • To understand the potential effects of mental health difficulties for children.
  • To explore how to plan and undertake assessments & interventions in families where a parent or young person has a mental health difficulty.


BHSCP courses for April and May 2024 are now live and can be booked via the Learning Zone platform and courses for the rest of the year will be live on Learning Zone by the end of April 2024. Agency Leads have been contacted requesting account information requirements for professionals who will require a Learning Zone account to view and book training from April.  Once an account has been created for individuals they will receive an activation email from the Learning Zone.  If you need a Learning Zone account and haven’t yet requested one please email .

Training is free for Children’s Services staff, school staff, foster carers, community/voluntary sector groups, BHCC contracted organisations in Children’s Services, statutory health organisations, police and probation and all early years (including private early years) who are working in Brighton & Hove. For private organisations and those working outside the city the cost is £120.

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