Mental Health Services for ethnic minority children and adolescents

    MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ETHNIC MINORITY CHILDREN AND
    ADOLESCENTS

    Edited by Mhemoda Malik and Carol Joughin, Jessica
    Kingsley

    ISBN 184310 2374, £16.95

    Star Rating: 3/5

    This collection of expert contributions considerably helps the
    reader in critical analysis of existing provision of mental health
    services to ethnic minority children, but ultimately fails to
    deliver sufficient practical solutions for professionals working in
    the field, writes Peter Spelman.

    Malik outlines the considerable difficulties in researching this
    area. She emphasises the difficulties in definiting what
    constitutes ethnic minorities.

    This leads on to a description of existing research based on a
    variety of inconsistent assumptions unsurprisingly leading to
    different conclusions.

    This book’s emphasis on professionals increasing their awareness
    of ethnic minority issues through personal development plans, and
    commissioners strengthening the voluntary sector contribution are
    welcome.

    However, insufficient attention is given to practical solutions
    for remedying current services’ generally poor record on ethnic
    monitoring.

    Peter Spelman is principal officer, mental health,
    London Borough of Redbridge community care.

     

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