Children in Need in England in
2013
Parental substance use and
harms
Definition of a child in need
Children Act 1989 defines a child as being in need if:
• s/he is unlikely to achieve or main...
Number of children in need, in
England aged under 18
450,000
400,000
350,000
300,000
250,000
200,000
150,000
100,000

50,0...
Important to remember...
• Drinking or drug use by parents does not
automatically mean they are poor parents.
• Problemati...
Children living with parents that
misuse substances
• Estimated that
– 2–3% of children in England, under the age of
16 ye...
But... The link between children in need
and parental substance misuse is clear
“...in more than half of the cases [of
sus...
Numbers of children in need by
reason and sex
200,000
180,000
160,000
140,000
120,000
100,000
80,000
60,000
40,000
20,000
...
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This short presentation looks at the figures released by the Department for Education (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/characteristics-of-children-in-need-in-england-2012-to-2013) on the number of children in need in England, and what role parental substance misuse might play in these statistics.

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Children in need in england in 2013: Parental substance use and harms

  1. 1. Children in Need in England in 2013 Parental substance use and harms
  2. 2. Definition of a child in need Children Act 1989 defines a child as being in need if: • s/he is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision for him of services by a local authority; • his/her health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision for him of such services; or • s/he is disabled
  3. 3. Number of children in need, in England aged under 18 450,000 400,000 350,000 300,000 250,000 200,000 150,000 100,000 50,000 0 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/characteristics-of-children-in-need-in-england-2012-to-2013
  4. 4. Important to remember... • Drinking or drug use by parents does not automatically mean they are poor parents. • Problematic use of drugs and alcohol is more likely to cause harm, and the types of drugs and the pattern of use are as likely to be as critical as the amounts consumed. • Cleaver, H. Unell, I & Aldgate, J. (2011) Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity ; Child abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse and domestic violence DfE
  5. 5. Children living with parents that misuse substances • Estimated that – 2–3% of children in England, under the age of 16 years, have parents who misuse drugs – more than 2.6 million children in the UK live with hazardous drinkers, 705,000 live with a dependent drinker https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/characteristics-of-children-in-need-in-england-2012-to-2013
  6. 6. But... The link between children in need and parental substance misuse is clear “...in more than half of the cases [of suspected child abuse ], families were experiencing a number of problems including mental illness or learning disability, problem drinking and drug use, or domestic violence.” Cleaver, H. Unell, I & Aldgate, J. (2011) Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity ; Child abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse and domestic violence DfE
  7. 7. Numbers of children in need by reason and sex 200,000 180,000 160,000 140,000 120,000 100,000 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 Male Female https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/characteristics-of-children-in-need-in-england-2012-to-2013

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