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Public Health England. (2018) Parental alcohol and drug use: understanding the problem. London: Public Health England.

URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/parenta...

This toolkit has been developed for UK commissioners of alcohol and drug services and will also be useful to commissioners of children and family services. It helps commissioners to understand the extent of problem parental alcohol and drug use in their area and how this can impact on children aged between 0 and 18 in the same household.

It has been developed to support local authorities to:
• identify problematic parental alcohol and drug use as early as possible
• ensure that the services they commission have sufficient capacity and resources to support parents and children affected by problem parental alcohol and drug use
• identify and commission interventions to reduce harm and promote recovery for parents who misuse alcohol and drugs and also to reduce and prevent harm to their children
• address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and to safeguard children

The tool used the findings from a rapid evidence review carried out by Newcastle University which assessed the prevalence of parents’ non-dependent alcohol and drug use and the impact on their children, and evaluated interventions for parents and children in these circumstances. More information, and a copy of the evidence review, is available (see below for link).


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:May 2018
Publisher:Public Health England
Corporate Creators:Public Health England
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention programme or service
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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