Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week.
Often, when we talk about mental health we use familiar contexts like post natal depression, soldiers’ PTSD and the impact of modern pressures on children, such as exams and harmful online content, so we often miss the damage done in quieter corners of modern life.
This week, Researching Reform would like to highlight the impact of our current child protection system on families’ and children’s mental health.
Whilst family policies and legislation try hard to keep up with scientific advancements in the fields of psychology and child development, the lag combined with too many competing financial and management interests within child protection focused departments mean that what we have in place today to respond to vulnerable children and their needs is still not good enough, by a long way.
We already know that foster care can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children. In fact,
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