Parental substance misuse and child welfare in the UK: a literature review

Hart, Sharon (2010) Parental substance misuse and child welfare in the UK: a literature review. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Research suggests that ten per cent of children in the UK have a parent who misuses drugs or alcohol. This dissertation in the form of a literature review was designed to explore and critically analyse parental substance misuse and child welfare in the UK. The introduction sets the ‘scene’ of substance misuse in the UK and the prevalence of parental substance misuse, outlining the aims and objectives of the dissertation. The main body of the dissertation consists of exploration and evaluation of literature was made in respect of parental substance misuse causing concern for child welfare as reported in social work case files, enabling an investigation into possible correlations between parental substance misuse and ‘types’ of abuse/maltreatment experienced by children. Analysis in relation to child welfare and development was conducted using an ecological perspective to investigate any possible impact of parental substance misuse. Consideration and evaluation was given to the role of social work with children and families in which concerns of parental substance misuse have been raised. Findings included a large proportion of social work cases included concerns of parental substance misuse and that parental substance misuse had the capacity to impede parenting and have an adverse affect on child welfare and development. Additional difficulties were identified in relation to joint working across adult and children’s services where there were concerns regarding child welfare and parental substance misuse.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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