Hidden Harm Awareness

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million children of problem drug and alcohol users in the UK. (ACMD 2006). Services naturally focus their attention on the problem user; but in this process, the effects on the children can be overlooked. There is now a government directive that aims to raise awareness of this issue and increase opportunities for early intervention.

This course is designed for anyone who works with children, young people and their families. The course aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting the children of problem substance users. It helps the learner to spot the signs of harm and identify appropriate windows of opportunity to break the cycle and safeguard the child.

Course outcomes:

  • Understand of the impact of harm caused to children as a result of parental substance use
  • An overview of the key Hidden Harm documents
  • Multidisciplinary working – how this is key to reducing the harm caused by parental substance use to children
  • Maintaining client engagement with the service while addressing parenting
  • Parenting interventions – how to include this into your practice whilst with adults

DANOS competencies: 

AB2 Support individuals who are substance users
HSC35 Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals
HSC47 Help parents and carers to acquire and use skills to protect and take care of their children and young people

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