Resources on substance misuse that support practitioners' work with parents and families

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Impact of parental alcohol misuse on children and young people

Hidden Harm - the impact of parental alcohol misuse

Alcohol Action Ireland have produced a factsheet (2016) which brings to light the hidden harm that can affect children with a parent who abuses alcohol.

Children can often suffer in silence, and take the role of the adult in the family especially when younger siblings are involved, for instance by feeding them or putting them to bed. Sometimes children are neglected to the extent of experiencing physical, mental or sexual abuse. Whilst appropriate authorities are often made aware of severe cases of neglect, parents with less noticeable risky behaviours around alcohol can still affect children considerably. This factsheet highlights the improvements that need to be made, such as urgent improvements to alcohol policy, changes to the prices and marketing of alcohol and the better identification of families at risk and their subsequent assessment and continued care.

Don't bring the pub home - Public Health films

Two films produced by Public Health Suffolk (2016) explore the hidden harm of alcohol and its effects on young people in the home. Don't bring the pub home film looks at binge drinking. Don't bring the pub home part two part focuses on missed moments in childhood.

Pregnancy and alcohol

Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy

The Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy report produced by the World Health Organisation (2016) includes a review of studies published in the last decade on interventions to prevent alcohol exposure during pregnancy that target pregnant and non-pregnant women, in line with policy documents in the EU and the Region.

Guide to problem substance use during pregnancy

The Essential Guide to Problem Substance Use During Pregnancy book (2011) provides information and intervention strategies on topics such as antenatal care, the management of substance use during pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, breastfeeding, postnatal care and the management of risk and child welfare concerns during pregnancy.

Working with families of substance users

Drug strategy outcome: the capacity to be an effective and caring parent

Practice examples that demonstrate how commissioners and providers are putting the drug strategy outcomes into practice.

Family drug and alcohol courts research

Research from the family drug and alcohol courts (2016) has found that mothers reunited with their children after care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) are more likely to stay off drugs and alcohol for longer, and their family life less likely to be disrupted when compared with cases heard in ordinary care proceedings.

Checklist for family sensitive practice

This checklist for family sensitive practice (2011) is part of the resource For Kids' Sake, 'A Family Sensitive Policy and Practice Toolkit'. It aims to minimise cases of child abuse or neglect by increasing collaboration between child and adult service agencies. It is an initiative developed by The National Research Centre on Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development organisation to improve the safety and welfare of children with parents who misuse alcohol or drugs. The toolkit builds a bridge between the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and child protection sectors to improve cooperation and collaboration.

Toolkit for working with the children and families of problem alcohol users

This user-friendly toolkit (2010) details a range of ways of working with the children and families of problem alcohol users. It was created by the University of Bath and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Drugs, alcohol & parenting

This drugs, alcohol and parenting workbook (2010) is designed to help parents who use drugs or alcohol care for their children. The book helps parents understand what they need to do, and also gives practical tips on how to do it. With unique self-scoring questions, parents and workers are able to assess the situation, and monitor and chart progress over time. Written by Mary Glover, an experienced childcare social worker and drug worker, the book explains what children need, what social care services expect, and how drugs and alcohol can affect childcare.

Factsheet for families worried about alcohol misuse

This factsheet (2006) provides information for parents and families about the impact that alcohol misuse can have, and where they can go for help. The resource was created by Turning Point.