Explains difficulties you may face as a parent with a mental health problem, support available and suggestions on how to help yourself and your children.
Some parents with mental health problems worry that their child will be taken into care. This can be upsetting, and can increase stress and worry for you and your family.
This section explains more about when children could be taken into care and what would happen.
There are several important points to remember:
For more information on what would happen if a child was going to be taken into care, see Citizens Advice.
It is really important that you don't go through this process alone. There are lots of things to think about and different types of support that can help you through it.
"Sometimes I worry about how my mental health problems affect my ability to parent my children – and then I look at them and see how tolerant, kind, caring and understanding they are towards others. It's then that I remember I've still done a good job!"
This information was published in April 2019. We will revise it in 2022.
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