The first part of the guidance sets out what is currently known about the extent of parental problem drug use and the impact on children. The second tackles the complex area of confidentiality and offers advice to agencies about when, and how, to share information. Part 3 outlines what agencies need to ask of families when they present with drug problems.
In March 2008, a new 10 year national drugs strategy document was published: Drugs: protecting families and communities. This new drug strategy presents an agenda which strongly reinforces the main points of the last strategy with its emphasis on crime reduction and community safety. Like its predecessor, it says less about individual health and social outcomes. In the same month the United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission, (UKDPC), an independent think tank, published a major report on the drugs strategy and its key focus criminal justice.
The government published the new drug strategy in February 2008. Since then there has been a great deal of progress, with drug use now down to its lowest level in more than a decade. However, there is still more to be done and the government is determined that the action it takes should meet the priorities and needs of local communities.
Report summarising the results of research into the views and experiences of young people in the UK with regard to sexual health and the reasons why some young people engage in risky sexual behaviour.
This resource summarises the key findings of a study into the impact drug problems have on the family and siblings. It highlights that the tendency for policy and practice to focus on the individual with the drug problem has eclipsed consideration of the severe and enduring impacts of problem drug use on many families. The full report that this summary is based on is also available in this repository.
This is a summary guide to the main report which aims to provide guidance in the provision of effective support services for young people affected by drug misuse.
What does the public really think about addiction and its treatment? A report on the findings of a DrugScope/ICM poll.
Report of a research project which aimed to look at ways of reducing drug users' risk of overdose and recommend interventions to bring down the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland.
Report of a qualitative study which aimed to deepen understanding of drinking behaviours and different drinking cultures in Scotland and make a contribution towards the further development of a Scottish strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Paper examining research concerned with adult and youth violent offending with the aim of increasing awareness of the salient issues amongst social work practitioners and those interested from a policy perspective.