eLearning: Parental substance misuse
These elearning resources are freely available to all. They provide audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring parental substance misuse, its effects on children and parenting capacity and the implications for social work practitioners. If you are using this resource in Northern Ireland the UNOCINI form is used instead of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) but practitioners will still find the resources useful as an aid for expanding their knowledge about the impact of substance abuse within families.
All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of these resources, and import of the resources into learning management systems for educational purposes, is freely permitted, but commercial use of this learning resource is not authorised unless permission is first obtained from SCIE.
Understanding substance misuse
An introduction to the different types of substances commonly misused and the effects that these may have on the people taking them.
Understanding the impact on children
Explores how parenting capacity may be compromised and how children may be affected by parental substance misuse.
Implications for children’s social work practice
Explores the implications that parental substance misuse has for social work practice and to recognise when an assessment is needed.
Who they are suitable forOpen
This e-learning resource is targeted at children’s social care workers to help them work more confidently with families where parents are misusing drugs.
These resources might also be useful for primary care services staff (GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives), Children’s Centre staff and students.
The e-learning resource can be integrated into the higher education social work curriculum either as directed or self directed study.
About the authorsOpen
Adfam is the national umbrella organisation working to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use. They do this by working with a network of organisations, practitioners and individuals who come into contact with the families, friends and carers affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Adfam provides direct support to families and practitioners through publications, training, consultancy, prison visitors’ centres and signposting to local services, and works extensively with professionals and Government to improve and expand the support available to families. For more information about Adfam and their services please visit www.adfam.org.uk.
Dr Di Hart – Principal Officer, National Children's Bureau
Di Hart worked for many years as a childcare social worker and manager before taking up a practice development post at the National Children's Bureau. She has a particular interest in children in secure settings. Recent work has included the development of a care-planning model for looked after children who go into custody and a review of the use of physical restraint in secure children's homes. Di also continues to be committed to supporting practitioners within children’s social care services working in safeguarding or looked after services. She has undertaken a project aiming to improve outcomes for the children of drug-misusing parents and is co-author of Adult Problems, Children's Needs: Assessing the Impact of Parental Drug Use (NCB 2006).
SCIE would like to thank the following people:
1. Our peer reviewers: Donald Forrester, Carole Sharma and Iain Armstrong
2. Our Advisory group: Anna Hemmings, Don Lavoie, Jan Annan, Nick Lawrence, Stewart Killala, Viv Evans, Vicky Stewart, Wendy Warrington, Pete Burkinshaw
3. Our focus group Patricia Denney, Kate Nutt, Neil Underwood, Nataleigh Strasburg, Jane Cohen-Cramp, Sarah Browne, Nicole Colyer and Chantelle Stevens
4. Adfam and The Children’s Society’s for allowing us to use extracts from their videos 'Putting it into Words’ and 'Ask me about me’
Programming and graphic design by Cimex Ltd.
Images and audioOpen
The case studies in this resource use the voices and images of actors. This approach has been adopted to protect the identities of the service users and carers whose accounts have been drawn upon or the accounts have been based on situations indicative of the events or issues being covered.
These e-learning resources use videos extracts by kind permission from two sources.
'Putting it into Words’ Adfam
SCIE would like to thank Adfam for the use of their 'Putting it into Words’ video footage, which shows parents and family members discussing how a loved one’s drug use affected them. The full video can be viewed at www.adfam.org.uk.
'Ask me about me’ The Children’s Society’s
SCIE would like to thank The Children’s Society’s Stars National Initiative for kindly giving SCIE permission to use footage from their DVD resource 'Ask me about me’ which gives an insight into children and young people’s experiences of parental substance misuse. For details of how to obtain copies of the DVD, other resources or further information please visit: www.starsnationalinitiative.org.uk.
To find out more about The Children’s Society visit: www.childrenssociety.org.uk
SCORM Compliant versionOpen
If you are a member of staff from a Higher Education institution who would like to download the activity for use in a virtual learning environment (VLE),such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle you should use the SCORM compliant version above.
Please note that this resource was not designed to export any scores or track progress throughout the resource. Therefore, this resource can be imported into a virtual learning environment and freely accessed by users, but there will be no tracking or grading functionality.
This elearning resource has been designed to be accessible to the widest audience possible and reviewed for compliance to accessibility standards by the Digital Media Access Group at the University of Dundee. This page lists some of the features used to make the resources easier to use. If you are experiencing problems using the resources, or have any questions and comments about their accessibility, please let us know.
Using the resources without a mouse
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Changing the appearance of the resources
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Accessing the resources with a screen reader
All resources have a narration of the main text. However if you use a screen reader, we recommend using the Text Only version for each resource. These provide broadly the same information and experience as the Flash version, but currently the nature of some features of the Flash resources mean that these features do not work as required in a screen reader