Parents Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol: Effective Interventions in Social Work and Child Protection

Author: Forrester, Donald


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  • ISBN: 9780470871508
  • Author: Forrester, Donald
  • Publ Date: 2011-01-14
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 262
  • Imprint: BLACKWELL *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 5849

Table of Contents :

About the Authors.
Part 1.
1 What is 'Substance Misuse'?
2 The Impact of Parental Substance Misuse on Child Welfare.
Part 2.
3 Parental Substance Misuse and Children s Services.
4 The Social Worker Assessments.
5 What Happened to the Children and Their Parents?
Part 3.
6 Assessment.
7 What Works in Engaging Parents Who Misuse Drugs or Alcohol?
8 What Works? Substance Misuse Treatment and Evidence-Based Social Work.
9 Motivational Interviewing and Effective Work with Families in which Parents Misuse Drugs and/or Alcohol.
10 Family Interventions with Parental Substance Misuse.


This book presents original research outlining the key elements in responding to parental misuse of drugs and alcohol. * Offers a definition of misuse and addiction and the factors that influence the nature of misuse or addiction * Reviews extensively the nature and impact of parental substance misuse on children and families using the latest evidence * Explores how research and theories might help inform professionals or non-professionals assessing families affected by parents who misuse drugs or alcohol * Provides an in-depth discussion of Motivational Interviewing, including a critical discussion of the challenges and limitations involved in using it in child and family settings * Considers the wider implications of the findings for practice and policy and argues that these responses can be used across the field of work with vulnerable children and their families


"There are some books that deserve a place in the small and well-thumbed libraries that accrue in practice settings, and this is one of them. I would regard it as essential reading for all those seeking to develop or improve practice with substance-misusing parents." (Oxford Journals Clippings, 1 January 2012)

Author Biography:

Donald Forrester is Professor of Social Work Research andDirector of the Tilda Goldberg Centre at the University ofBedfordshire.
Judith Harwin is Professor of Social Work and Director ofthe Centre for Child and Youth Research at Brunel University.


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