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McGivern, Aidan and McDonnell, Chloe (2015) Vulnerable families and drug use: examining care admissions of children of parents attending an Irish drug treatment facility. The Irish Social Worker , Spring , pp. 17-23.

Harmful substance use has a detrimental effect on parenting and child welfare agencies consistently confirm such usage as a primary factor in initial referral. This article examines the circumstances of child admissions to care over a nine year period, from families where one or both parents attend a centralized drug treatment services. A recurrent theme during the study period was low rates of family reunifications within a twelve month period. Furthermore, we identified factors which in the view of natural parents and the service social work team have contributed significantly when families have been reunited.


Item Type:Article
Date:October 2015
Page Range:pp. 17-23
Publisher:Irish Association of Social Workers
Volume:Spring
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Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
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 > Family role
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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