Parental Substance Misuse – advice for practitioners

Parental misuse of drugs or alcohol becomes relevant to child protection when the misuse of the substances impacts on the care provided to their child/ren.

Substance misuse may include experimental, recreational, poly-drug (use of more than one substance), chaotic and dependent use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Misuse of drugs and/or alcohol is strongly associated with significant harm to children, especially when combined with other features such as domestic violence, mental illness and should prompt careful consideration as to how best families can be supported and where necessary children/young people protected.

The MSB has adopted the relevant sections of the GMSP procedures in relation to parental substance misuse.

In addition we have uploaded a leaflet which provides useful information about incidents relating to the use of ‘Spice’ in Manchester – Spice warning leaflet May 2017

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