The Impact of Parental Substance Misuse

Type:Multi-Agency Training
Duration:9.30 -16.30

This course is currently under review

Why is the LSCB providing this course?

There is evidence of parental substance misuse in 57% of serious case reviews (of serious or fatal child abuse).   Serious Case Reviews highlight that professionals often focus on the issues faced by parents who misuse substances without considering the impact on their children.

Not all parents who misuse substances (drugs and alcohol) are likely to cause harm to their children, but it can reduce their ability to provide practical and emotional care.   Some of the serious effects of parental substance misuse for children include abuse, neglect, emotional problems, educational difficulties, being young carers of parents or siblings, and a potential to later use drugs or alcohol themselves.

This course is included within the training programme as it clearly highlights these issues facing children and young people who live within the households where substance misuse is an issue. You will learn about what agency services are available to support the whole family, thus reducing or removing the potential risk/s of abuse.

Target Audience:

Professionals in children’s or adult services who may undertake, or be involved in the assessment or intervention within families where a parent or carer may have a substance misuse issue.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the potential impact of substance misuse in pregnancy.
  • To provide an awareness of the impact that substance misuse by a parent, and how this affects the child or young person.
  • To discuss how parental misuse of substances may affect their abilities to parent appropriately.
  • To consider the potential risk factors, and what protective measures can be used to safeguard, using a multi agency approach.
  • To enable a fuller awareness of local treatment/support is available.



To book a place on our safeguarding training use the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway 

For support or enquiries about using the gateway please call 01273 291460 or email

Training is free for Children’s Services staff, school staff, foster carers, CVS groups, BHCC contracted organisations in Children’s Services, statutory health organisations, police and probation and all early years (including private early years) who are working in Brighton & Hove. Private organisations and those working outside the city – £120