One in four women whose children have been permanently removed from their care are likely to have successive children removed within the following seven years. Despite this, these women often do not receive appropriate support from services.
The Anna Freud Centre in collaboration with Pause, a charity working with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care, piloted an 18 month Mentalisation Based Treatment group intervention with women who had at least two children removed from their care and were at risk of repeat removals due to the impact of complex trauma on their parenting. This small pilot has led to a further development of an MBT group to support these women and to help them in future relationships and with emotion regulation difficulties.
This free online event, aimed at social workers, pause practitioners, psychologists, psychotherapist and other practitioners working with women affected by recurrent removals, aims to:
- Explain the context of this population and the current lack of support it receives.
- Describe the pilot, with its methods, procedure and findings.
- Discuss learnings and set out plans for the next groups.