Mental health

Queen’s University Belfast has published a new research study, jointly funded by the NSPCC and the ESRC, looking at the recognition and understanding of the mental health needs of young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. The study, which looked at staff in two support services provided by voluntary sector organisations in Northern Ireland, found that staff using short standardised instruments to screen for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression were successful in measuring symptoms in up to three quarters of cases which were followed up with a clinical assessment. It also found that social care and voluntary sector services play an important role in recognising post-traumatic stress in young people who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Read the news story: Methods for assessing the mental health needs of young people who have experienced abuse and neglect
Read the report: Screening children with a history of maltreatment for PTSD in frontline social care organisations: an explorative study

Source: NSPCC Learning

Date: 17 January 2022

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