Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

10 ways family lawyers are driving more value from their hair tests

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 10, 2018

Hair strand testing is a reliable and quick way to test for drug and alcohol use over long periods. Hair tests have helped lawyers gain the advantage in difficult cases, whether to prove innocence or protect a vulnerable victim.

But the success of hair strand testing, like all scientific endeavours, depends on process. It’s not as simple as taking the sample for testing and sending it off for analysis. Legal experts can derive more value through following easy, but critical steps.

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Cansford says: Pioneering family court expands in London

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 18, 2018

The pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) will be expanded across London after its remarkable success in tackling substance abuse and keeping families together.

Started by judge Nicholas Crichton in 2008, the court deals with care proceedings where parental substance abuse is a key element. The service aims to help parents stabilise and ultimately halt their substance dependency.

The FDAC process offers families a tailored range of services, taking their needs, concerns and strengths into account.

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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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How legal decisions are made using hair tests: the foundations of interpretation

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 19, 2017

Unpicking the world of hair testing for drug and alcohol can be a complex business. While the scientific community views the practice through a purely scientific lens, it’s a subject that’s equally important to others, like family lawyers and social workers, in terms of its application, results, and the interpretation of those results.

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3 Easy Ways to Protect the Chain of Custody in a Hair Drug Test

Posted by Kim Bagley on Jul 26, 2016

Where hair drug tests are used in Family Court, getting it done right is paramount. So if something goes wrong or procedure isn’t followed, it can be frustrating trying to rectify these mistakes.

A common issue that crops up with hair drug testing is securing the chain of custody. Once the hair sample has been taken, it needs to be handled with care throughout the process. If the results of the test will be used in court and there are any doubts about the integrity of the sample, Judges aren’t likely to take the chance of using the results to influence their decision, especially if the welfare of a child is at-risk.

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