Children and families affected by parental substance use

Problematic substance use invariably has a wider impact than solely on the individual who is using the substances.

This training is designed to give participants the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the impact of substance use on parenting capacity and child development, and of measures that may be put in place to respond to these impacts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • describe the potential and actual impact of parental substance use on children
  • identify protective factors which promote resilience in adverse circumstances
  • utilise the Child’s Change Cycle tool and understand how it relates to the Transtheoretical Model of Change for adults
  • explain the importance of appropriate information sharing at an intra and inter-agency level
  • critically reflect on personal and professional values and how this may impact on practice.

Aimed At

Drug workers, housing workers, social workers, GPs, nurses, teachers and mental health workers.


Free within Scotland and bespoke costs for elsewhere.


Two days