This course will increase delegate’s skills and confidence in engaging with parents whose substance use puts their families at risk. We will look at ways to motivate change in the context of risk assessment, safeguarding and how agencies can work better together to provide appropriate care and support for all the family. The course also includes building resilience in children.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. Have an increased understanding of the needs of parents who use drugs and / or alcohol and the impact on their children.
  2. Provide an introduction to the evidence and good practice in working with families affected by substance misuse.
  3. Have an increased confidence amongst front line workers to explore strategies of working effectively with parents in relation to drug and alcohol use.
  4. Be able to respond to concerns about parental substance misuse and develop effective assessments and intervention skills.
  5. Improve the effectiveness of partnership working in response to parental substance misuse by increased understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the agencies involved.

Format: Taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion

Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided