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Title: An evaluation of a service to keep children safe in families with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
Authors: Coates, Dominiek ;Howe, Deborah 
Issue Date: 2016
Journal title: Australasian Psychiatry
Abstract: Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate a specialised service designed to improve parenting capacity, child safety and family functioning in the context of parental mental health, drug and alcohol and child protection concerns. Method: Client data was collected over a period of 3 years and 3 months, including demographic characteristics, service usage, presenting issues and pre and post revised North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS-G) scores. Results: A significant improvement between intake and discharge occurred on the majority of the 58 NCFAS-G subscale items (32/58). In particular, most significant change occurred in the domains ‘family safety’ (p < 0.001) and ‘family interactions’ (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Specialised programs can assist families with child safety concerns suffering from mental health and/ or drug and alcohol problems.
DOI: 10.1177/1039856216634821
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Youth
Mental Health
Drug and Alcohol
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