New Impact of Parental Substance Misuse Assessment Tool Developed

New Impact of Parental Substance Misuse Assessment Tool Developed

All agencies need to work together in tackling the problems caused by substance misuse in families in order to safeguard children and promote their well-being. It is important not to generalise or make assumptions about the impact of parental/carer drug and/or alcohol use on a child. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that the implications for the child/ren are properly assessed taking full cognisance of the parents/carers ability to maintain both consistent and adequate standards of care (Scottish Government, 2012; Scottish Government, 2014).

Given the launch of the Scottish Government (2013) Getting our Priorities Right (Updated Good Practice Guidance for use by all practitioners working with children, young people and families affected by substance use) and the Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s (ADP’s) and Forth Valley Child Protection Committee’s (CPC’s) (2016) Getting Our Priorities Right for Children and Families affected by Parental Problematic Alcohol and Drug Use, there is now a greater need to ensure our assessments, interventions, treatment and recovery plans are able to contribute to a wider coordinated approach to giving children, young people and their families the best support possible.

Therefore, a working group from the Stirling & Clackmannanshire ADP/CPC Subgroup explored a number of options in terms of identifying an appropriate means of assessing the impact of an adults substance misuse on their ability to provide parental care. This exercise concluded with a decision to utilise aspects of the Assessment of Parental Substance Misuse from the ‘Renfrewshire Integrated Assessment and Plan for Children’s Services’ and elements of the ‘Impact of Parental Substance Use’ (IPSU) assessment tool by Glasgow Addiction Services, in the development of an ‘Impact of Parental Substance Misuse (IPSM) Assessment’ tool for use throughout our Forth Valley Substance Misuse Services.

IPSM Paper