Dr Marie Diggins

Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work Volume 1


Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work brings together different perspectives on success and collaborative working for professionals in the sector. Available as an ebook.



Learning from success series
Improving practice and working together across health and social care

Research has established the potential direct and indirect impacts of mental illness on parenting, the parent-child relationship, and the child, and the extent to which this poses a public health challenge. Problems with how adult and children’s services understand and deliver support to parents with mental health problems and their children have also been identified. In contrast, far less is known about how parents with mental health difficulties and their children can be supported successfully.

The primary aim of Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work Volume 1: A Pavilion Annual 2016 is to begin to address this gap in research by capturing different perspectives (policy, research, professional and family) about what constitutes success and the contributions that lead to success. The annual will, share this information, tools and resources, in ways that are accessible, useful, and usable by, the broad range of professional groups involved in this complex area of practice.

Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work Volume 1 forms the first volume of Pavilion’s new Annual series, which act as a yearly update on key research, policy developments and practice innovations, in the UK and elsewhere.





Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work: A Pavilion Annual Volume 1 is of interest to adult and children’s policy makers, commissioners and managers; staff in children and adult’s social care, child and adolescent and adult mental health; school staff; trainers; from all sectors in the UK and internationally.


ISBN: 9781910366912
Publication: 02 December 2015
About the contributors

Dr Marie Diggins
Guest editorial
Dr Adrian Falkov

Personal experiences

Chapter 1: Messages for practice from young carers
Darcey, Jamie B, Aaron, Katie, Jamie G, Abbie, Jegir, Mickela and Ste

Chapter 2: Monica’s story
Monica Kizza, Survivor and parent

Chapter 3: Working with mentally ill parents and their families as an adult psychiatrist
Professor Eleni Palazidou, Independent consultant psychiatrist

Chapter 4: A personal reflection on working with parents with mental ill health: obstacles and opportunities for delivering best practice
Dr Joanna Fox, Anglia Ruskin University

Chapter 5: Using the Family Model in training: a light bulb moment
Daphne McKenna, Multi-agency trainer

Policy and drivers for change

Chapter 6: Do recent policy and legislative changes in health and social care help develop the Think Family agenda in parental mental health and child welfare?
Hugh Constant, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Chapter 7: A change in the law doesn’t always mean a change in real
lives: making whole family approaches a reality
Dr Moira Fraser, Carers Trust

Chapter 8: What has happened to ‘Think Family’: challenges and achievements in implementing family inclusive practice
Dr Jerry Tew, University of Birmingham, Professor Kate Morris, University of Sheffield, Professor Sue White, University of Birmingham
Professor Brid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield, and Sarah-Jane Fenton, University of Birmingham

Children and early intervention

Chapter 9: Children should be seen and heard in adult mental health services
Ragni Whitlock and Dr Estelle Rapsey, Somerset Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Chapter 10: Early intervention to promote mental health and well-being in schools
Dr Jane Akister, Anglia Ruskin University and Hannah Guest, East Cambridgeshire Adult Social Care

Chapter 11: School children’s vulnerability audit tool
Wendy Weal, Interface Enterprises Ltd

Impacts and influences on mental health recovery, parenting and children’s development and well-being

Chapter 12: Parental mental health and young carers: children (and families) first
Professor Jo Aldridge, Loughborough University

Chapter 13: Fathers with mental health problems: challenging stigma, promoting inclusion
Rhys Price-Robertson and Associate Professor Andrea Reupert, Monash University, Australia

Conceptual models

Chapter 14: Learning from success: conceptual introduction
Professor Shula Ramon, University of Hertfordshire

Chapter 15: The added value of learning from success in parental mental health and child welfare work
Dr Marie Diggins, Freelance consultant

Chapter 16: Success in safeguarding children in the UK
Andy Quin, Social work consultant

Chapter 17: The Family Model
Dr Adrian Falkov, Royal North Shore Hospitals, Sydney, Australia

Assessment and interventions

Chapter 18: Emotional neglect, system failure and the Early Years
Parenting Unit
Minna Daum and Dr Duncan McLean, Anna Freud Centre

Chapter 19: The Social Work for Better Mental Health adult mental health initiative
Dr Ruth Allen, St George’s University of London, Dr Sarah Carr, Middlesex University and Dr. Karen Linde, Independent Consultant

Working together

Chapter 20: Co-work: working in pairs enables effective whole family sessions
Dr Frank Burbach, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Chapter 21: Keeping the family in mind: working together in Liverpool to implement a programme of innovation and change
Louise Wardale, Barnardo’s

Chapter 22: Think Family, Northern Ireland
Mary Donaghy, Health and Social Care Board, Northern Ireland

Research digest
Useful tools and resources


Dr Marie Diggins

Marie has enjoyed a long career in social work, multi-disciplinary mental health services management, research and practice development. Marie has been a registered social worker for 25 years. After qualifying in 1989 Marie worked for the London Borough of Lewisham and South London and Maudsley Mental Health NHS Trust until 2002. During this period Marie held a variety of positions including; generic social worker, specialist mental health practitioner and between 1995 to 2002 mental health integrated services manager. She is an experienced trainer and has co-trained alongside parents, children and other professionals.

In 2002 Marie joined the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as a practice development manager progressing to senior practice development in 2007. Marie worked with key stakeholders (government departments, health and social care staff, academics and service users and carers) to identify innovative approaches to embedding evidence about what works in health and social care in different practice settings. She made particular contributions to SCIE’s mental health strategy and resources. These include Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare. This Guide was first published in 2009 and has continued to be of relevance for both policy and practice development.

Marie led the development of SCIE’s regional profile. She was involved with SCIE’s digital production since its inception in 2007 and is experienced in the development of content for eLearning, film and other digital products. Marie contributed to Integration step by step, SCIE’s digital resource to support integrated working, drawing on her understanding of practice development, practice contexts and multi-disciplinary working environments.

Marie has extensive experience in practice analysis and research including gathering and analysing diverse stakeholder perspectives. Her Phd ‘What works: Researching success in parental mental health and child welfare work’ (Anglia Ruskin University, 2014) focuses on different perspectives of success and identifying the contributions that parents, children and the different professionals working with them (social workers, mental health workers, teachers) make to promote child and family resilience.

Marie left SCIE in 2014 and is now working independently as a part-time freelance consultant.

Education and Training

Ph.D, Anglia Ruskin University, Title “What works”: Researching success in parental mental heath and child welfare work (2008-2014)

MSc in Social Work, London South Bank University (1995)

Post Graduate Diploma: Innovation in Mental Health Work, London School of Economics and Political Science (1993)

Certificate and Qualification for Social Work (CQSW), Croydon College (1989)

Diploma in Applied Social Science, Croydon College (1989).


Monica Kizza

Adrian Falkov
Director Redbank House child adolescent and family mental health service and senior staff specialist Westmead Hospital

Paul Ross
Senior Information Specialist, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Louise Wardale
Keeping the Family in Mind Coordinator, Barnardo’s Action with Young Carers Liverpool

Carol Bernard
Director of Commissioning, Merseycare, NHS Trust

Hugh Constant
Practice Development Manager, The Social Care Institute for Excellence

Professor Jo Aldridge
Director of the Young Carers Research Group, Loughborough University

Professor Nicky Stanley
School of Social Work – University of Central Lancashire

Professor Shula Ramon
Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Hertfordshire

Andy Quin
Social Work Consultant and PhD Researcher, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Joanna Fox
Senior Lecturer Education and Social Care Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Anglia Ruskin University

Dr. Jane Akister
Reader in Social Work Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education Anglia Ruskin University

Hannah Saville
MA Student Anglia Ruskin University

Moira Fraser
Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust

Minna Daum
Senior Family Therapist Co-Manager, Specialist Assessment and Treatment Services Co-Project lead, Early Years Parenting Unit

Dr Duncan Mclean
Consultant Psychiatrist
Co-Manager, Specialist Assessment and Treatment Services
Co-Project Lead, Early Years Parenting Unit, Anna Freud Centre

Professor Eleni Palazidou MD Phd MRCP FRCPSYCH
Professor/Consultant Psychiatrist St George’s University, and Medical School, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Barts & London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University and The Sloane Court Clinic

Wendy Weal
Managing Director Interface Enterprises

Dr Jerry Tew
Reader in Mental Health and Social Work and Head of Education and Leader of the New Family Potential Centre, Birmingham University

Mary Donaghy
Social Care Commissioning Lead, Mental Health & Learning Disability, HSC Board, Northern Ireland

Daphne McKenna
Director at Training in Practice Ltd

Associate Professor Andrea Reupert
Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia

Rhys Price-Robertson
PhD candidate at Monash University, Australia

Dr Frank Burbach
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Ragni Whitlock
Clinical Lead Systemic Therapy and Family Inclusive practice, Somerset partnership Foundation Trust

Dr Estelle Rapsey
Clinical Psychologist, Somerset partnership Foundation Trust

Ruth Allen
Director of Social Work and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, South west London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and St George’s University of London.


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