- Be able to identify potential risk of harm to a child
- Be able to respond appropriately to identified risk of harm to a child
Mental Health and Child Safety
In some mental health settings, children can be involved and are a particularly vulnerable group of consumers. Students need to be familiar with identifying potential for harm to children and the reporting requirements if the situation arises. Queensland Health also has an open access educational resource Child abuse and neglect education module, Responsibility, recognising and reporting: A resource for the interdisciplinary team aimed at developing your capabilities including responsibilities and the ability to recognise and build the confidence to report suspicion of child abuse and neglect.
The Department of Communities has produced a practice resource with instructions on how to complete a child safety assessment.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) is a website that contains comprehensive resources for support and working with parents who have mental health problems.
The most important thing to remember if you have any concerns is to immediately communicate this with your clinical supervisor.
(Note: Students will need to join as a ClinEdAus member to access and log the guided reflection activities below.)