The "Spirit of New Orleans": Translating a model of intervention with maltreated children and their families for the Glasgow context

Minnis, H. , Bryce, G., Phin, L. and Wilson, P. (2010) The "Spirit of New Orleans": Translating a model of intervention with maltreated children and their families for the Glasgow context. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 15(4), pp. 497-509. (doi:10.1177/1359104510376124)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104510376124

Abstract

Children in care have higher rates of mental health problems than the general population and placement instability contributes to this. Children are both most vulnerable to the effects of poor quality care and most responsive to treatment in the early weeks and months of life yet, in the UK, permanency decisions are generally not in place until around the age of four. We aimed to understand the components of an innovative system for assessing and intervening with maltreated children and their families developed in New Orleans and to consider how it might be implemented in Glasgow, UK. During and after a visit to New Orleans by a team of Glasgow practitioners, eight key interviews and meetings with New Orleans and Glasgow staff were audio-recorded. Qualitative analysis of verbatim transcripts identified key themes. Themes highlighted shared aspects of the context and attitudes of the two teams, identified gaps in the Glasgow service and steps that would be needed to implement a version of the New Orleans model in Glasgow. Our discussions with the New Orleans team have highlighted concrete steps we can take, in Glasgow, to make better decision-making for vulnerable children a reality.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Philip and Minnis, Professor Helen
Authors: Minnis, H., Bryce, G., Phin, L., and Wilson, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
ISSN:1359-1045

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