Working with Substance Misusing Parents

Date & Time:

Thursday 25 February 2021 (09.15 - 16.30)

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The Saffron Centre, 256 Moseley Road Birmingham B12 0BS


Level 3


This course has been revised to reflect new ways of practice for safeguarding professionals working with children, young people and their families affected by parents who misuse substances.


Target Group –

Multi-agency safeguarding professionals working with vulnerable young people and their families. This is a practical course around developing skills and is suitable for social workers, teachers, drug and alcohol workers, family support workers and practitioners interested in developing skills related to supporting families where substance misuse is an issue.  



To provide delegates with the communication skills and practical strategies to effectively support families where substance misuse is an issue.


Learning Outcome

  • To develop an understanding of the context around working with substance misusing parents through relevant legislation, policy frameworks and by visiting learnings from Serious Case Reviews
  • To be able to spot the signs of substance misuse – protective/resilience and risk factors - including coping responses for affected people
  • Understanding the impact of substance misuse on children (including development) and how to communicate with the Child
  • How to have the conversation about substance misuse with the Parent (communication strategies)
  • Promote family working with the Focal Person and Family Members (with a focus on the Child)
  • To be able to make effective referrals (specific agencies and forms, guidance)
  • Be able to create an action plan using practical case studies and identify ways to improve family focussed working.



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Further Information:


0121 464 26 12



Venue Details:

The Saffron Centre, 256 Moseley Road Birmingham B12 0BS