Mental Disorders, Mental Illness and the Family Court

A Reference Guide for Non-Medical Professionals

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“…should be welcomed by all those who work in the field of Family Law…an 'off the shelf' comprehensive resource…the focus throughout is on helping the reader, not only to understand all relevant aspects of mental illness, but also to understand how that knowledge may impact upon any particular court case…Its publication is therefore most welcome and I predict that it will soon become a recognisable presence on the bookshelves of many.” The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division

Mental Disorders, Mental Illness and the Family Court provides information on more than 70 mental health conditions found in children, young people and adults. It is designed specifically for non-medical professionals who practise in public and private work in the Family Court, and advises on what adjustments need to be considered for those appearing in court who are suffering with a mental disorder.

It provides:

Clear descriptions of the nature of each mental disorder, as well as their treatment and management, with links to further information and specialist help
Explanations of how mental disorders and illness can impact on family dynamics and relationships
Case studies that illustrate real-life scenarios
In addressing the legal framework of the Family Court, the authors look at the crossover between the Children Act 1989 and the Mental Health Act 1983 in how they relate to children and young people, and show how reports and assessments that are produced for the Family Court fit into this.

This is an essential title for all those who work within the Family Court jurisdiction from judges, magistrates and family lawyers to Cafcass officers, social workers and CAMHS multi-disciplinary teams. It will also provide useful insights for parents, carers and guardians involved with the Family Court.

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Family Law online service.

Table of Contents

Part I The development of family relationships
Chapter 1: Bonding and attachment
Chapter 2: Family dynamics
Chapter 3: Overview of mental disorders in children
Chapter 4: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Part II Mental disorders and illness in children and young people
Chapter 5: Behaviour disorders in children
Chapter 6: Emotional disorders in children
Chapter 7: Neurodevelopmental disorders in children
Chapter 8: Psychotic disorders in children
Chapter 9: Vulnerability factors and mental disorders in young people
Chapter 10: Mental disorders, relationships and parenting
Part III Mental disorders and illness in adults
Chapter 11: Emotional disorders in adults
Chapter 12: Psychotic disorders in adults
Chapter 13: Behavioural disorders in adults
Chapter 14: Neurodevelopmental disorders in adults
Chapter 15: Traumatic disorders in adults
Chapter 16: Mental disorders in older adults
Part IV The work of the Family Court and mental health
Chapter 17: The work of the Family Court
Chapter 18: Safeguarding children and local authority care
Chapter 19: Reports, assessments and the Family Court
Chapter 20: Ten tips for the Family Court about mental disorders in adults
Chapter 21: Detention and the Mental Health Act 1983
Chapter 22: Violent and risky behaviour and mental disorders
Appendix: Case studies

Product details

Published 30 Nov 2021
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 200
ISBN 9781526521910
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Dr Joan Rutherford

Dr Joan Rutherford FRCPsych Joan became Chief Medi…


Jennifer Cross JP

Jennifer Cross JP CQSW Jenny worked for many years…


Dr Stephanie Tolan

Dr Stephanie Tolan MRCPCH Stephanie is a paediatri…


Dr Andy Cohen

Dr Andy Cohen MRCPsych Andy is a consultant child…


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