Keeping in Touch (KIT) mental health inpatient guide

Emerging Minds, Australia, November 2020

For some practitioners working in adult-only residential and inpatient mental health treatment programs, starting conversations about parenting, and working with parents and their children might be new and challenging. The Keeping in Touch with Your Children (KIT) Menu has been designed to provide practical ways you can promote parent-child connectedness during periods of separation.

The Keeping in Touch practice guide outlines ways in which the KIT Menu can be used with parents in inpatient mental health settings. It provides information about:

  • implementation of each contact choice
  • age-appropriate communication with children
  • possible legal requirements relating to child protection orders, family violence and family law
  • utilising a child-focused approach and parental agency in your work.

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