“From a staff perspective, accurate information is seen as valuable in helping parents make realistic expectations about in-patient services.” (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)
“Mobile phones can only be used between 6-8pm, at other times they are expected to be kept in a secure space, monitored by nursing staff.”
Here’s an example of a statement which young people developed alongside staff. It clearly sets out expectations so everyone can stay on the same page, including:
Compassion is feeling yourself in someone else’s shoes and thinking about how they feel.
Staff promise to show compassion every day.
Care is looking after yourself, loved ones and others.
Staff promise to take care of you and support you.
Commitment is working hard and finishing what you started.
Staff promise to stick by you every day and put you first.
Study: The importance of affiliation, structure and autonomy support
Drawing on decades of evidence linking authoritative parenting to better mental health outcomes for children, a team of Montreal-based psychologists note how warm, nurturing parenting (‘affiliation’) and clear, consistent expectations and discipline (‘structure’) have been acknowledged as key components. But they argue that a third important dimension – parental respect for children’s own ideas, feelings and initiatives (‘autonomy support’) has received less attention than it deserves.
The results of their study showed that parental skills relating to structure and affiliation both increased significantly, following an intervention to introduce autonomy support into the parenting of a group of parents. There was also an increase in positive attitudes towards autonomy support, with parents making more use of relevant strategies. Parents reported that their child’s mental health had significantly improved and that problematic behaviour had reduced. Children’s feedback also suggested that their sense of happiness, self-esteem and life satisfaction had significantly improved too.
You can read more about their work here.
Formulations and treatment plans are often constructed in collaboration with the child/young person and family, and the expectation is that they are periodically reviewed in the light of new assessment or intervention information.