Assessing the needs of children in situations of parental alcohol/substance misuse

Course Aim:

To provide participants with an opportunity to develop their understanding of how appropriate assessment of risk can be used to consider the impact of parental substance use on children and to plan appropriate child focused responses.

Course outcomes: 

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Differentiate between different drugs, their effects and potential impact on parenting capacity
  • Consider how attitudes and values may affect our responses where parents are using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Consider research findings which identify the impact of parental substance use on children, and to use this research to inform an assessment of nee.
  • Consider factors to take into account when assessing parents who use drugs and/or alcohol and how this can be included in effective, child focused plans
  • Consider approaches more likely to engage parents in addressing drug/alcohol problems
  • Consider how to promote effective multi-agency networking to inform the assessment process
  • Reflect on the need to understand the world of the child in families where parents misuse drugs/alcohol
  • Consider approaches more likely to engage parents in addressing drug/alcohol problems and supporting behaviour change
  • Consider how to promote effective multi-agency networking to inform the assessment