Substance misuse and child care
How to understand, assist and intervene when drugs affect parenting
Edited by Fiona Harbin and Michael Murphy

This book is not just concerned with the misuse of drugs. It is concerned with the effect that substance misuse has on parenting and on the care and well-being of children. It:
  • outlines and explores the extent of the problem
  • addresses difficult issues involved in inter-agency substance and child-care work
  • describes and explores the helpful professional responses to problematic parental misuse, when working with children, their parents and whole families.

  • "A useful resource... throughout, much information is given in a clear, straightforward manner." Community Care.

    "A handbook for the practitioner, comprising brief accessible chapters written in a straightforward style... It will point practitioners in the right direction." Journal of Social Work.

    Paperback. 160 pages. 978-1-898924-48-7. Published 2001. £16.95.


    Preface Keith Hellawell.
    Background and current context of misuse and childcare Michael Murphy and Fiona Harbin
    What are the risks to children of parental substance misuse? Lilias Alison
    Social exclusion and drug using parents Marc Gilman
    Responsible carers, problem drug takers or both? Eva Elliot and Ali Watson
    The missing drug users: minority ethnic drug users and their children Kamlesh Patel
    Providing therapeutic services for drug using parents and their children Angie Heal
    Substance misuse and pregnancy Faye Macrory and Fiona Harbin
    Therapeutic work with children of substance misusing parents Fiona Harbin
    Brief therapy with parents who misuse substances Pauline Watts
    Developing co-operative links between substance misuse and child protection systems Michael Murphy and Gary Oulds
    Facts about drugs
    Facts about child protection systems