Secret lives: growing with substance - Working with children and young pople affected by familian substance misuse

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Edited by Fiona HArbin and Michael Murphy

Large format paperback, 160 pages

Published 2006

Secret Lives is the sister volume to Substance Misuse and Childcare. It offers new and challenging insights into the task of; working with children and young people who are affected by substance misuse, particularly those who are:

  • bought up in substance misuse households
  • beginning to misuse substances themselves in this context

The nature and incidence of the misuse of substances are a source of increasing concerns within our society. The debate about the appropriate response to that misuse often only considers the user of that substance. This work concerns the impact that misuse has on the children who live with the user, who are so often the forgotten population in the substance misuse system. The title of this book, Secret Lives was suggested by a nine year only for the children's group that she was part of.

Studies suggest that for the majority of local authorities substances are on integral factor in over a third of child protection cases and an increasing number of family support referrals. This significance is not reflected in the scant literature regarding parental substance misuse, in particular the impact of parental and sibling drug misuse on children themselves. This book brings together the work of researchers and practitioners who have developed services that can help us improve our response to these children. It aims to aid practitioners and manager in the identification, assessment, treatment and support of the children and siblings of substance misusers.

Practitioners, students, volunteers, managers from the childcare and the substance misuse systems. Also those with a more general interest in the welfare of children and young people.

Fiona Harbin is the Multi Agency Substance Misuse Training Co-ordinator for Bolton Social Services Drug Addiction Team, having worked as a social worker since 1989, and specifically with children and families where substance was affecting parenting. She currently works as Young Persons Substance Misuse Training Co-ordinator in Bolton.

Michael Murphy is a senior lecturer in the faculty of Health and Social Care at Salford University. He is also chair of the Bolton Substance Misuse Researchers group, which was the co-ordinating group for the Highs and Lows of Family Life, a lottery funded research project.


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