Working with parents who have mental health problems & the children that live with them: Developing trauma-informed and inclusive practices in child protection.

This Advanced Practitioner day is run by Kate Crawford, mother, voice-hearer and expert-by-experience and Dr Sam Warner, consultant clinical psychologist and honorary lecturer, Salford University.

Kate and Sam draw on lived-experience to inform the development of sensitive and inclusive safeguarding practices. The aim is to enable appropriate responses to the diverse needs of children who live with parents who have mental health problems and to understand the practical implications of findings from SCRs and PLRs.   

Kate talks from her perspective as a parent who has experienced mental health and safeguarding systems. Kate draws on her own childhood experience of abuse, neglect and being in care to demonstrate the importance of adopting a trauma-informed approach to understanding serious mental health problems. Sam provides a trauma-informed and attachment-based framework for making sense of serious mental health problems, including hearing voices/ seeing visions, being suicidal and using self-harm.

Kate provides insight into what it is like to experience having her children removed, living apart from her children and about the fear of having her children removed. Kate shares personal written testimony from three of her children about the impact of being in care. Sam draws on her experience as an expert witness and therapist to identify key issues in assessment of, and intervention with, parents and children; and Kate and Sam share strategies for engaging parents and children in emotionally stressful situations.


This day will be relevant to practitioners at all levels, including their supervisors and managers, in all key agencies and organisations working in the safeguarding children arena. This includes practitioners who provide assessments of children and parents, conduct investigations, provide placements and/ or offer support, counselling or therapy.

Payments are currently made online by card. If you require to pay by invoice then please complete the event invoice form here and a member of our team will be in touch.

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price


Decrease Increase £130.00

Non - member

Decrease Increase £175.00

Joining member

Decrease Increase £205.00


Decrease Increase £50.00