outline the huge literature on the potentially negative impact on children of growing up with a parent who has an alcohol or drug problem, the risk factors that can exacerbate this effect, and resilience and the protective factors that can reduce it. Clear ways that practitioners can intervene to reduce risk and to increase resilience are discussed.
Discusses the case of a girl with a history of serious self-harm who had a history of unsuccessful placements. A decision was made to move her to a rural location far from emergency medical help to provide her with a therapeutic residential placement.
Article which summarises the methods and findings of a study which examined the role of social care professionals in extended schools and children's centres. It was found that the extended school environment can help strengthen multi-agency relationships. The research was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research.
An essay on the definition of 'recovery' in substance misuse.
Naltrexone is a medication which blocks the effects of heroin and other opiate-type drugs. Its considerable potential in helping to prevent post-detoxification relapse has not been realised because patients generally refuse to take it or quickly discontinue.
There has been much talk in recent months as to developing a clearer more focus drug strategy. A drug strategy, that has a more clearly defined intention for both service users and those commissioning and providing the service. In Scotland this has produced a strategy that has placed the recovery process at its heart.
In the rest of the UK, the focus has been less explicitly stated. However, it is evident for recent conferences and debates in the media and within services that there is a momentum for change in how we deliver treatment and support services.
A survey carried out by Community Care has found a chronic shortage of statutory practice placements for students in London. This article looks difficulties some student social workers have had in finding a placement, and the poor quality if some placements provided.
This article from the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the legality of medical marijuana.
The proposals put forward by the Social Work Task Force and MPs to improve the training of social workers are examined. The introduction of the social work degree in 2003 undoubtedly raised the status of the profession. However, six years on, the taskforce and select committee are both questioning its content.
Briefly outlines the legal aspects of children and young people up to age 18 in various types of employment in England and Wales, including apprenticeships, work-related learning and work experience placements.