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We produced this paper as it builds on work we did with Stepping Stones, which is a member-led voluntary organisation in West Dunbartonshire which delivers services to people with mental health problems.

We began this work in late 2009. Stepping Stones wanted to plan what sort of support they could offer to members who are parents. A review of the pattern of use of Stepping Stones the previous year showed that at least a quarter of members are parents. The board and workers at Stepping Stones were confident that this is an underestimate, as people who do not live with their children are less likely to mention that they are parents at the initial contact. Other members are taking on parenting roles for other children – for example, when a grandparent or aunt or close friend is doing a lot to look after children in their wider family.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has a set of short films showing experience and practice in support for parents with mental health problems and their children:

  • From a parent’s perspective.
  • From a young person’s perspective
  • From practitioners’ perspectives

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