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We take part in conferences and training events across the country and promote events organised by other agencies and individuals that relate to parental substance misuse and its affect upon children and families. If you would like to promote your event, please contact us.

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Upcoming events   

  • The future of Troubled Families: Supporting families with multiple disadvantage. 25 January 2018, Central London. The Troubled Families programme is set to run until 2020 - this event will provide practitioners across local authorities, the police, social services, education, welfare and the housing sector with the opportunity to learn from the first stage of the scheme and discuss how to effectively galvanise a range of local services around families in order to turn their lives around.

  • Older people and substance misuse. 15 & 16 February 2018, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. This two-day RCPsych Masterclass will update on best practice in the assessment, treatment and care of older people with substance misuse. 

  • Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults. 26 February 2018, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London. This National CAHMS Summit focuses on improving child and adolescent mental health services in line with The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health set out by the government in 2016 with the aim of creating a transformed service by 2020. Through national updates and case studies from current pilot sites this conference aims to set the scene for progress already being made and what needs to change to achieve The Five Year Forward View.
  • Engaging with the UK Drug Strategy and Exploring the Debate on Cannabis Decriminalisation. 27 February 2018, Central London. This event will explore drugs policy in the UK and provide an exploratory debate on the legalisation of cannabis. The day will review of the 2017 government strategy on UK drugs policy, look at how the Criminal Justice System can work with local partners, explore the relationship between substance misuse and mental health problems, examine the value of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in treating medical conditions, debate the positives of legalising cannabis and explore the arguments against marijuana legalisation.

  • Non-medical use of prescription drugs. 16 March 2018, York. Despite significant numbers of people being prescribed psychoactive drugs such as opiates, sedatives and stimulants there is insufficient information about who is at risk of developing problems such as dependency. The event will bring together people who can offer personal and professional insights of the extent of the issue and how we can support people who develop problems. The day is free, but booking is essential.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.