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Parenting and substance misuse: understanding accounts and realities in child protection contexts

Holland, Sally ORCID:, Forrester, Donald ORCID:, Williams, Anne ORCID: and Copello, Alex 2013. Parenting and substance misuse: understanding accounts and realities in child protection contexts. British Journal of Social Work n/a 10.1093/bjsw/bcs197

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This paper reports qualitative findings from a mixed-methods evaluation of an intervention for families affected by substance misuse and child protection concerns. The study involved twenty-seven families, including eighty-four children. The data illustrate the various impacts of substance misuse on family life, including neglect, instability and physical and sexual abuse. During semi-structured interviews, many of the parents went some way to counter highly stigmatised identities through confessing previous parental failings and demonstrating the distance they have travelled since then. A small minority maintained that they have been wrongly labelled as inadequate parents. Additionally, parents vividly recalled hardships and abuse, underlining the challenging material realities of their lives. For most, domestic abuse was a particularly dominant factor. Implications for practice are outlined in the conclusion of the paper.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol; child protection; child abuse; drugs; domestic violence; substance misuse; parents
Additional Information: Online publication date: 24 February 2013.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 02:41

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