This articles reports on the findings from a research study exploring the characteristics, needs, and service use experiences of mothers, with and without children’s social care involvement, who had accessed acute psychiatric care postnatally.

The researchers found that mothers with social care involvement were often experiencing wider adversity and inequity across multiple areas of their lives, were less satisfied with their mental health care, and had more unmet needs after discharge from acute services.

The authors argue that an increased focus on supporting mothers with histories of trauma, adversity, and deprivation, along with greater collaboration between mental health, children’s social care and third sector services, may help improve experiences and outcomes.

By Billie Lever-Taylor, Latoya Brobbey, Louise M. Howard, Brooklynn Masters, Zara Molloy, Laura C. Potts, Claire Powell, Nicky Stanley, Kylee Trevillion, and Angela Sweeney.

What Are the Sociodemographic and Clinical Characteristics and Needs of Mothers Who Access Acute Postpartum Psychiatric Care and Have Children’s Social Care Involvement?
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