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Children 'put at risk' by mental health nurses

8th May 2009

Evidence suggests that children may be being put at risk because nurses carrying out assessments on mothers with mental illnesses do not have enough training.

Mental health nurses are often asked to assess the parenting capabilities of mothers with serious conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but Sarah Rutherford, from Manchester Metropolitan University, said they did not get enough guidance or training. Ms Rutherford, who examined the policies in place along with previous research, has called for a thorough review of practices across the UK.


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