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Keywords:

  • Attachment;
  • mentalisation;
  • looked-after children;
  • adoption;
  • group intervention

Background

There is limited evidence on effective group interventions for looked-after and adopted children. A specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) developed and evaluated a group intervention based on Mentalisation-based therapy (MBT).

Method

Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with all young people before and after the programme. Additional information was collected from the facilitators' reflective diaries. The study aimed to evaluate the impact and applicability of a Mentalisation-based group programme on looked-after and adopted children.

Results

Feedback from the young people indicated that the intervention had a positive impact on the young people.

Conclusions

Having a chance to meet other young people in similar circumstances, sharing experiences and making connections were the greatest benefits gained from the group.