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What works centre for children's social care. [What works centre] (2019) Family drug and alcohol courts. London: What works centre for children's social care.

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Parental substance misuse is a common reason for families becoming involved with children’s social care in England. In 2017-18, 18 per cent of children’s social care assessments identified concerns about alcohol misuse and 21 per cent about drug misuse. 

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts originated in the USA in the 1990s as a way of responding to these problems. They aim to help parents address their substance misuse issues, improve family functioning and reduce the need for children to enter care. This is a multi-disciplinary service model which aims to improve the coordination of services for families, such as social services, substance abuse treatment, therapeutic services, domestic abuse intervention, employment and housing. This package of support is overseen by a court, which monitors parent’s compliance and administers rewards and sanctions. 

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (known by various terms including as Family Treatment Drug Courts and Dependency Treatment Courts) have now been adopted in sites across the USA, in Australia, England and Northern Ireland.

 

Headline points

  • An overall positive effect on family reunification, based on high strength evidence
  • No evidence of effect on care re-entry or further maltreatment
  • Most evidence was from the USA, with one study from the UK
Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:What works centre
Date:January 2019
Publisher:What works centre for children's social care
Corporate Creators:What works centre for children's social care
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects: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 and substance use > Substance related family problems
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Court system
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Court system > Drug court
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances

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