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  • 1. Is It My Job? Supporting the development and implementation of protocols relating to substance misuse and children.
  • 2. Overview
    • Experiential exercise
    • Hearing children’s experiences
    • Short presentation
    • Plenary
  • 3. Experiential Exercise
    • In small groups please spend
    • 5 minutes considering and recording words which describe the following :
  • 4.
    • What is society’s view of parenthood?
  • 5.
    • What is society’s view of parental substance misuse?
  • 6. Hearing Children’s Experiences
  • 7.
    • For too long the needs and welfare of children in families affected by substance misuse have been overlooked. We must now concentrate our efforts on helping these children.
    • Ministerial Forward GOPR 2003
  • 8. Policy
  • 9.
    • 1 in 10 children affected by parental substance use across UK
    • 1.3 - 2 million children affected by parental alcohol misuse
    • (Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England 2004)
    • 250,000 - 350,000 children affected by parental drug misuse in UK
    • (Hidden Harm 2003)
  • 10. Multi-agency Local Protocols
    • Children’s welfare is the most important consideration
    • It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that children are protected from harm
    • We should help children early and not wait
    • We must work together
  • 11. Implementing local Multi-agency protocols
    • Multi-agency volume Briefings
    • 2 Day skills based Workshops
    • Single agency input
    • ‘ Hard to reach’ groups e.g. GPs, foster carers
    • Local reflective practice groups
    • Multi-agency steering groups
    • Focus Groups feedback to agencies
  • 12.
    • c.7000 staff attended briefings and workshops in Scotland
  • 13. Participants
  • 14. Reflective Practice Research Children's voices Action planning Adult voices Values Risk
  • 15. Challenges
    • Its Not MY Job!
    • Professional resistance
    • Different languages
    • Different skills?
    • Differences between adults and children’s needs
    • Gaps in worker knowledge and confidence
    • Communication and collaboration
    • How we engage meaningfully with children
  • 16. Light bulb moments ?
    • Hearing the experience of children and families
    • Reflecting on serious case reviews/ child death inquiries
    • Reflective practice
    • Same information had different meanings to different professionals
    • They could directly use someone else’s experience in their own case
    • Listening to someone else’s case generated thoughts of their own
    • Through discussion being able to explore more deeply a particular point
  • 17. Outcomes
    • It is my job
    • Your role in effecting change
    • Existing skills and strengths are valued
    • Importance of local multi-agency protocols, networks, responses.
    • Training is part of a wider process of change that is supported organisationally and strategically
  • 18. Conclusions
    • Cultural shifts
    • Partnership with Families
    • Working together
    • Multi-disciplinary training
    • Support and supervision of staff
    • Resources
    • Child at the centre of practice