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What about the children?

Joint working between adult and children’s services when parents or carers have mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems

This thematic inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission explored how well adult mental health services and drug and alcohol services considered the impact on children when their parents or carers had mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems; and how effectively adult and children’s services worked together to ensure that children affected by their parents’ or carers’ difficulties were supported and safe. The report draws on evidence from cases in nine local authorities and partner agencies and from the views of parents, carers, children, practitioners and managers. Please note that where references are made to ‘children’ in general terms in this report, this refers to children and young people up to the age of 18 years.