Not all families affected by substance misuse will experience difficulties. However, parental substance misuse may have significant and damaging consequences for children. These children are entitled to help, support and protection, within their own families wherever possible. Sometimes they will need agencies to take prompt action to secure their safety. Parents too will need strong support to tackle and overcome their problems and promote their children’s full potential.
This resource discusses the benefits of being listened to as a child and how what we learn about ourselves from the adults closest to us depends on the quality of our experience with them. This in turn affects how our self-esteem and sense of identity develops.
This resource vividly describes the situation of many children and young people living in substance misusing households.
The children's hearings system, Scotland's unique system of juvenile justice, commenced operating on 15 April 1971. The system is centred on the welfare of the child. A fundamental principle is that the needs of the child should be the key test and that children who offend and children who are in need of care and protection should be dealt with in the same system. Cases relating to children who may require compulsory measures of intervention are considered by an independent panel of trained lay people.
Literature review published by the Scottish Government which draws together existing knowledge on assessing and evaluating parenting interventions. In conducting the literature review, the research team was interested in re-examining the historical policy context to locate the rationale for the introduction of Parenting Orders and the apparent under use of the provisions and the evidence of risk and protective factors and the interrelated issues of antisocial behaviour and child care, alongside effective approaches to family service provision.
Document setting out the Scottish Government/COSLA framework intended to address the needs of children whose lives, opportunities and ambitions are limited by poverty, poor health, poor attainment and unemployment.
Annual report by the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group which contains a series of recommendations on how to advance the UK Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.
Research report published by the research group in the Scottish Government Education Analytical Services Division, which provides an overview of strategic approaches to parenting support at local level, looking at strategic development within Community Health Partnerships and Local Authorities. It was published in conjunction with two other documents: Support and Services for Parents: A Review of Practice Development in Scotland and Support and Services for Parents: A Review of the Literature in Engaging and Supporting Parents.
Document describing a project trialing the use of parent champions working alongside early years practitioners to showcase various early years resources and activities to groups of parents.
Document describing a project which afforded parents, children and practitioners opportunities to experience, explore and evaluate heuristic play.