Innovations in Practice
Innovations in Practice: group work with children who are in care or who are adopted: lessons learnt
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 251–254, November 2013
How to Cite
Ingley-Cook, G. and Dobel-Ober, D. (2013), Innovations in Practice: group work with children who are in care or who are adopted: lessons learnt. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 251–254. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00683.x
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JUL 2012
- looked-after children;
- group intervention
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).
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.
Feedback from the young people indicated that the intervention had a positive impact on the young people.
Having a chance to meet other young people in similar circumstances, sharing experiences and making connections were the greatest benefits gained from the group.