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Parents Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol. Effective Interventions in Social Work and Child Protection. Wiley Child Protection & Policy Series

  • ID: 2175265
  • Book
  • January 2011
  • 262 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Parental misuse of drugs and alcohol has been recognized as a major challenge for child and family services in recent years it is not a small–scale problem that can be left to specialists, but an issue that every professional working with children or their families encounters on a regular basis.

In this book two of the leading experts in this area present their own original research findings, and insights from the wider literature, to define substance misuse and to outline key elements in responding effectively to this issue. Their approach suggests that the best way to tackle the problem is to focus on the needs of both the child and the parent.  The authors provide tried and tested evidence–based guidelines for effective practice for those assessing families affected by parents who misuse drugs or alcohol. In addition, the authors suggest that these approaches offer the opportunity to improve practice and policy responses across the field. 

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About the Authors.


Part 1.


1 What is ′Substance Misuse′?

2 The Impact of Parental Substance Misuse on Child Welfare.

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3 Parental Substance Misuse and Children s Services.

4 The Social Worker Assessments.

5 What Happened to the Children and Their Parents?

Part 3.

6 Assessment.

7 What Works in Engaging Parents Who Misuse Drugs or Alcohol?

8 What Works? Substance Misuse Treatment and Evidence–Based Social Work.

9 Motivational Interviewing and Effective Work with Families in which Parents Misuse Drugs and/or Alcohol.

10 Family Interventions with Parental Substance Misuse.




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Donald Forrester
Judith Harwin
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