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Adfam. [Mentor ADEPSIS] (2013) Identifying and supporting children affected by parental substance misuse – Resource for schools. London: Mentor ADEPSIS. 11 p.

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How can schools identify and support pupils affected by parental substance misuse?
This resource has been developed for the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) by Adfam, the national umbrella organisation for those working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol, and is intended to be a useful tool to help schools in safeguarding their pupils.

The purpose of this resource:
When schools and teachers think about ‘drugs’, they may often initially focus on incidents on school grounds and how to respond to them, students at risk of using substances, or perhaps about drug education.

However, substance use can impact the lives of young people in many ways, especially if they are affected by problematic drug or alcohol use in their own homes. This resource aims to summarise the key issues for children affected by parental substance use, and how schools can consider supporting them.

It is aimed primarily at school governors and headteachers, but will also be relevant to members of staff with particular pastoral care duties, including school nurses, Education Welfare Officers, and anyone identified as a Designated Senior Person (DSP) for child protection in schools.

Key messages:
• Parental substance use is not a problem that schools can ‘solve’ alone, nor is it an issue they should turn a blind eye to
• Schools have both the responsibility and the ability to support children affected by parental substance use
• Safeguarding is a matter of child welfare, not drug and alcohol expertise
• Existing structures/policies cover most of this work already, but added focus is needed


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention, Education and training
Source:Mentor ADEPSIS
Date:November 2013
Pages:11 p.
Publisher:Mentor ADEPSIS
Corporate Creators:Adfam
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > School context
N Communication, information and education > Educational environment (school / college) > Substance use in the educational environment > School substance use policy
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Student (secondary level)
T Demographic characteristics > Student (primary level)
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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