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We promote conferences and training events that relate to parental substance misuse and its effect on children, young people and families. If you would like to promote your event, please contact us.

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Upcoming events   

  • Transforming Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Promoting, Protecting and Improving Children and Young People’s Mental Health. 10 April 2018, Central London. In light of the publication of the government’s green paper on mental health services for children and young people, this event will offer an opportunity for attendees to: analyse recent policy updates, develop strategies for prevention and early intervention, and work together to ensure that children and young people have timely access to effective mental health support.

  • Ensuring Young Carers are Safe, Healthy, Aspiring and Achieving: Working in Partnership to Improve Identification, Assessment and Support. 17 April 2018, Central London. This symposium will provide children and adult support services, local authorities, healthcare professionals, social services, employers, and education professionals with an opportunity to identify priorities for action, and to develop strategies for effective partnership working. It will also enable all stakeholders to share best practice in ensuring young people’s knowledge and experiences are informing the delivery of timely and high quality services. 

  • Looked after children's nurses networking event. 24 April 2018, Royal College of Nursing, London. This event will give professionals working with looked after children the chance to  hear from a wide range of speakers on topics including national and regional perspectives, challenges and opportunities, key clinical issues, child trafficking and modern slavery and the mental capacity act.

  • InterAction 2018. 23 May 2018, London. This is a new conference that aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas around the topic of drugs and alcohol. Speakers will be encouraged to be provocative and challenge received wisdoms with counter narratives. InterAction is open to all: people in recovery, families, front line practitioners, commissioners, researchers and others.

  • Drugs, alcohol, women and families (DAWF) conference 2018. 23/24 May 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. At more general conferences on addiction and substance use, there tends to be a heteronormative, ‘malecentric’ focus, where a ‘substance user’ often refers to a male person. Whilst these studies and discussions at events are typically well orchestrated, interesting and thought-provoking, it is important to note that there is also room for making the ‘invisible’ groups in these areas – such as women and families – visible. This conference creates space for researchers and practitioners to share these common interests to come together, and discuss good practice.

  • National Alcohol and Drugs education conference: Empowering youth through prevention and education. 21 June 2018. Save the date: more details to come soon from Mentor UK.

  • Tackling drug dependency and abuse in the UK: working in partnership to reduce crime, minimise harm and support rehabilitation. 4 July 2018. This symposium aims to provide local authorities, clinical commissioners, mental health teams, employment, housing and welfare services, and criminal justice agencies, with an opportunity to engage with the drug strategy and develop interventions for effective prevention, treatment and recovery. It will also enable all stakeholders to share best practice on delivering an integrated multi-agency response.

  • Seventh world congress on addictive disorders and addiction therapy. 16-18 July 2018, London. The theme of this year's congress is exploring the innovative ideas and remedy solutions for addictive disorder.

  • Royal College of Nursing School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2018. 22 August 2018, Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London. This conference offers the opportunity to network with other school health team members while ensuring delegates remain professionally up-to-date. The broad programme covers a range of current topics in children and young people’s health including transgender issues, sexual health, online grooming, asthma management and managing weight loss in obese children. This day is aimed at all nurses working in schools and educational settings, including those from primary and secondary schools, special schools, academies, independent, free and boarding schools.  The conference is also suitable for those undertaking their SCPHN – School Nursing qualification.

  • Society for the study of addiction annual conference. 8/9 November 2018, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Save the date: more details to come soon. 


Online learning

  • E-Learning - Parental substance misuse: These e-learning modules are targeted at children’s social care workers to help them work more confidently with families where parents are misusing drugs. These resources might also be useful for primary care services staff (GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives), Children’s Centre staff and students. The e-learning consists of three modules - understanding substance misuse, understanding the impact on children and implications for children's social work practice.

  • E-learning - working with substance use: The main aim of these substance misuse resources is to provide a basic understanding of a number of substance-related topics to inform and develop practice. They include presentations, film clips from experts (both service users and professionals), animations, individual and group exercises, and practice scenarios to help apply your learning. They also offer suggestions for future study and personal development. There is a specific module on the impact of parental substance use on children.