Adult Drug and Alcohol Problems, Children's Needs, Second Edition

Adult Drug and Alcohol Problems, Children's Needs, Second Edition

An Interdisciplinary Training Resource for Professionals - with Practice and Assessment Tools, Exercises and Pro Formas

Joy Barlow, Di Hart, Jane Powell


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Parental drug use can cause serious harm to children. Adult Drug and Alcohol Problems, Children's Needs supports practitioners in their work with families where parental drug use leads to concerns about children's welfare.

The training resource contains:

· summaries of the key messages for practitioners
· tools and tips to support effective practice
· training and development activities
· practice examples from around the UK.

This second edition has an increased focus on alcohol misuse and reflects recent changes to both policy and practice. The book will be useful for all individuals and agencies involved with families where parents are struggling with substance abuse, including children's social workers, substance misuse workers, primary care and school staff, criminal justice agencies, obstetric and paediatric teams, substitute carers and a range of voluntary and community services.


Joy Barlow:
Joy Barlow MBE is a freelance consultant at Joy Barlow Consultancy ( She was previously Head of STRADA (Scottish Training - Drugs and Alcohol).

Di Hart worked for many years as a child care social worker and manager before taking up a post at NCB developing practice with children in public care. She has a particular interest in children in secure settings. Recent work has included a review of the use of physical restraint in children's services, the development of a care-planning model for looked after children who go into custody and a project aiming to improve outcomes for the children of drug-misusing parents.