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Substance Misuse Conference March 2011


CHILDREN AFFECTED BY PARENTAL SUBSTANCE MISUSE

GETTING IT RIGHT FOR EVERY FAMILY

8 March 2011
Radisson Blu Hotel,
Edinburgh
Scotland

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Conference theme

We cannot eliminate risk, neither should we. What we should do is enable supported risk taking. Learning how to manage and contain risk helps to build resilience and should not unduly interfere with the rights of families to lead the live they choose. This becomes more complex when risks are being taken with the emotional or physical health of children. Young children are often not in a position to choose. In reality hundreds of children are at risk every day of their life and we cannot wave a magic wand and make everything perfect for them. Parental substance misuse is likely to add to that risk. The dilemma is that such children may still choose to be with their parents and may in fact be better off with them than in care. Some of these children will be resilient and thrive in spite of, or because of, the challenges of their lives, like dandelions on rough ground. Some (the more delicate orchids) will not thrive. How can we spot the orchids amongst the dandelions? What is acceptable risk?

What we can do is listen. We can support them in practical ways and build capacity in carers, whether they are the parents who are using the substances, the kinship carers who step in, or teachers and neighbours.

Skilled negotiated risk assessment and carefully balanced support planning is required which takes into account the wishes of the young people and those who are involved in their support. Evidence is emerging that building whole family resilience is the most effective way forward. Evidence shows that when parents are engaged in treatment the mental, physical and emotional health of the children in their care improves.

This conference will give delegates space to explore these thorny issues, hear the emerging evidence and begin with the help of some examples of best practice and experts in the field to work out the next steps in support for such families.

Chaired by:

Anne Houston
Chief Executive, Children 1st

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Anne Houston

Chief Executive, Children 1st





Speakers & Topics

Adam Ingram MSP
Minister for Children and Early Years

Policy overview - progress made and priorities for future work


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Adam Ingram MSP

Minister for Children and Early Years




Joy Barlow MBE
STRADA: Centre for Drugs Misuse Research, University of Glasgow

The impact of parental substance misuse on children and young people.
Identify , assess, record, manage risk


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Joy Barlow MBE

STRADA: Centre for Drugs Misuse Research, University of Glasgow




Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley
Professor of Medical and Family Sociology, Public Health Sciences section, Division of Community Health Sciences
The University of Edinburgh

Young people growing up in families affected by substance misuse – latest evidence on promotion of resilience


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Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Professor of Medical and Family Sociology, Public Health Sciences section, Division of Community Health Sciences
The University of Edinburgh




Rowdy Yates MBE
Senior Research Fellow, Applied Social Science, University of Stirling

Reducing Risk promoting resilience.
How getting parents into recovery oriented treatment can improve the mental, physical and emotional health of children in their care and applying the lessons learned to family focused recovery


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Rowdy Yates MBE

Senior Research Fellow, Applied Social Science, University of Stirling




Dr. Anne Whittaker
Substance Misuse Directorate, NHS Lothian

Pregnancy and early years
Substance Misuse Directorate, Framework for care


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Dr. Anne Whittaker

Substance Misuse Directorate, NHS Lothian





Seminars & Workshops

Grant Sugden
Operational Manager for Circle

Seminar 1:
Family focused interventions


This seminar will look at the specific issues and needs of kinship carers in terms of social, emotional, economic , legal and practical support needed and will also look at the stigma and hardships which families experience in being identified as families who are affected by both substance misuse and also often families with family members in prison. There will also be discussion around what support is useful and acceptable for such families and how to build family resilience.

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Grant Sugden

Operational Manager for Circle




Louise Hill
University of Edinburgh

Seminar 2:
Getting to know us: Children living with parents who misuse alcohol


Louse Hill will take delegates through her recent research on how children and young people's experiences of living with parents (or carers) who misuse alcohol . Louise shares ways in which children may share their knowledge about parental alcohol use and the importance in recognising the emotional consequences. Trust was found to be central to seeking support and Louise considers the implications of this for practitioners.


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Louise Hill

University of Edinburgh




Liam Feasey
Customer Education Manager, Concateno

Workshop 1:
Best practice in testing for parental drug use


There is much controversy about the circumstances around testing parents. The Scottish Government has come down on the side of not supporting a nation-wide policy, but has left the decision on when and how to test to individual localities. For those areas which choose to test, it is important that they know how to do it sensitively and effectively to enhance the lives of the children affected by parental drug use.


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Liam Feasey

Customer Education Manager, Concateno




Ian Turner
Director of Children and Family Services South, Aberlour Child Care Trust

Workshop 2:
The voices of children and young people


We will hear directly from young people and carers what is most and least helpful in their lives and what, in particular the Arberlour Child Care Trust has done to help them. The Trust is the only one in Scotland which has a family focused residential unit and the model will be discussed.


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Ian Turner

Director of Children and Family Services South,
Aberlour Child Care Trust




Dr. Anne Whittaker
Substance Misuse Directorate, NHS Lothian

Workshop 3:
The role of fathers


Flagged up as a gap in the Scottish Executive research paper 'Looking beyond risk' the role of fathers has had more recent exploration. Anne will discuss the evidence we have for the importance of taking into account the role of fathers in our work with families and the evidence it lends to support family focused approaches.


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Dr. Anne Whittaker

Substance Misuse Directorate, NHS Lothian




Sandra Sweeten
Service Manager, Aberlour Glasgow Bridges service

Hazel Rae
Education Worker, Glasgow Bridges

Evelyn Gibson
Head Teacher, Saracen Primary School

Workshop 4:
The role of the school in supporting children and young people affected by parental substance misuse


This workshop will examine the important role that schools can have in identifying children affected by the substance misuse of others, the support that they can give and the school role in building resilience in both individual children, their families and the community at large.


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Sandra Sweeten

Service Manager, Aberlour Glasgow Bridges service





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Anne Houston about the conference

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Anne Houston about the conference



 
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