Parental Substance Misuse

Pre-course requirements 
Attendance at SSCB Foundation course  

Course aim
To promote good practice and reduce potential harm to children by enabling workers to identify, assess and manage the posed risk to the children of parental substance use.

Course objectives
At the end of this course participants will:

  • Know about different types of substance use and have explored their own and society's attitudes to these.
  • Have opportunity to explore impact of discrimination and explore diversity issues.
  • Understand the risks to children where their parents/carers are drug and alcohol users.
  • Have a greater understanding of the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on parenting.
  • Have explored ways of raising the issue with parents, how parents may feel and what their needs may be.
  • Have a greater understanding of the impact of parental drug and alcohol misuse on children. 
  • Have explored the needs of children with substance misusing parents and factors which protect from risk and future problematic substance use
  • Have an understanding of what workers can do themselves including why the parent is not engaging
  • Know about a range of services and government policy
  • Have explored the results of current research in this area, drawing on serious case reviews
  • Have explored the interagency issues involved in this area of work at all levels of concern including the impact on workers of this work. 

Participants are often asked to reflect on the emotional impact of the work they do and how it can be managed. Some handouts are provided on the day and others sent by email after the course.

Duration and time
One day, 9.15am to 4.30pm

It is important to attend for the full course or learning outcomes may not be met. Please note that late arrival may result in you not being admitted to the course. Leaving early may result in not being given a certificate of attendance.

The Safeguarding Board is now charging agencies for staff who fail to attend if we are not informed at least five working days before the course.

This includes participants who arrive late and are not admitted by the trainers or participants who on the day inform the trainers they need to leave early. The charge for this course would be £40 which would be requested at the end of the financial year.

Who should attend?
Staff who work within the child protection system and who may be involved in recognition, assessment, child protection procedures or supporting the child and family in cases of parental substance use. This course is for staff who have experience of child protection work.

To book a place on this course please complete our online booking form.

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