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5 key takeaways from the NSPCC's FED UP (Family Environment: Drug Using Parents) report

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jan 25, 2018

Every year, the social work sector sees the publication of numerous invaluable reports, research and insights. Q4 2017 was no different, as our recent round-up shows - and one of the quarter’s most fascinating reports came from the NSPCC.

Supporting Families Where Parents Have Substance Misuse Problems: Final Evaluation Of Our FED UP Service evaluates the experiences of the 59 parents and 253 children who took part in the Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FED UP) programme between 2011 and 2015.  

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Building a history of substance use: How hair testing can help

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jan 12, 2018

Hair tests are a reliable, fast and cost-effective way of proving drug or alcohol use.

They’re highly accurate, with a long detection window and almost impossible to cheat - and that’s not all. With the right techniques, hair tests can also give rich information about the nature of, and conditions for, substance use by an individual.

What additional information can hair tests provide, beyond the bare fact of whether a person used drugs or alcohol?

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Can hair testing play a role in reducing parental alienation?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jan 3, 2018

Neil Sedaka had it right: ‘Breaking up is hard to do’.

Ending an intimate relationship is hard to do nicely. If the people splitting up have dependent children, the stakes get higher. Add alcohol or drug problems to the mix and the potential for lasting harm increases exponentially.

Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) reports to courts on the welfare and safeguarding of children. They are consulting on a ‘High Conflict Practice Pathway’ designed to tackle ‘parental alienation’ - when one parent actively tries to turn a child against the other. The pathway, to be implemented in 2018, focuses attention on the needs of children when parents split acrimoniously.

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5 must-read reports for social workers: Q4 2017

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Dec 21, 2017

While many are winding down for Christmas, social work is the sector that never sleeps. Long days, longer nights - that well earned break seems like an eternity away.Trying to juggle cases on a day to day basis is work enough, but trying to stay on top of key research and insights as well is almost impossible?

That’s why we’ve pulled together some of the biggest reports from the last quarter in one place - to make keeping up with the field less of a chore. So, hot on the heels of our round-up of dates for the 2018 social work diary, here’s the reports you need to read from three last three months.

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Alcohol isn’t the problem – behaviour is: Why hair test results are only part of the story for cases involving drug and alcohol abuse

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Dec 14, 2017

“They used alcohol and drugs; therefore, they cannot be trusted.”

When it comes to making care decisions about vulnerable families and individuals, social workers know the reality is not so clear-cut.

An alcoholic might still be a good parent to her children. A drug user might still care for his disabled relative. Test results that indicate whether a person used drugs or alcohol are only part of the story; not the whole story.

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