Safeguarding Children Where Parents Misuse Substances
How children are affected
A parent's drug or alcohol use can cause concern about the welfare of children and is clearly a risk factor as evidenced by serious case reviews and research. Drug/alcohol use by themselves will not lead to a child being considered at risk of abuse or neglect. But professionals should positively identify why they think a parent’s drug/alcohol use is at a 'safe' or 'manageable' level and doesn't constitute a child protection issue. The long term effect of substance misuse may not be immediately apparent but the continued absence, emotional or physical unavailability of a parent through substance misuse can be very damaging to children.
Support for parents with dependency issues
All organisations we work with will treat parents and pregnant women who use drugs/alcohol in the same way as other parents who require their support and services in terms of their eligibility for services.
If you are an adult (over 18) and require support, please contact your local authority drug support networks below.
West Berkshire: email@example.com or 0300 003 7025
Reading: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 955 7333
Wokingham: email@example.com or 0118 977 2022