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Free library of key documents for people working in family support
This report explores the effect of non-dependent parental drinking on children, making a direct link between parental drinking habits and the attitudes, behaviours and impacts reported by their children.
This report looks at the impact of hepatitis C on the families of people who inject drugs.
Report for Adfam's Older Carers project working with and supporting older people in London who are affected by the drug or alcohol use of a loved one.
Looks at how organisations can work in partnership to support families with a variety of different needs at the local level.
Adfam’s first impact report, outlining our key achievements and activity from 2016.
Adfam's annual impact report, outlining our key achievements and activity from 2017.
Discusses the 5 main challenges for supporting families affected by substance use, including involving them in treatment and monitoring the effectiveness of support. A Manifesto Review is also available, looking at what progress has been made on the original points of the Manifesto.
This document provides an overview of themes that emerged from the Adfam’s Whole Family Recovery and alcohol focus groups in Leeds and in Hertford, and structured interviews with three young people in Scotland conducted by STRADA.
It explores how having a family member with an alcohol problem can impact on the recovery of families.
A report of the BEAD Project's research into the experiences of those bereaved through substance use and how they access support.
An overview by Adfam and Cruse Bereavement Care on the existing research literature on drug and alcohol related bereavement.
Adfam research on patterns of drug and alcohol use (including khat) and supporting information on relevant elements of Somali culture and community.
This booklet has been developed by DrugFAM and contains sections on what bereavement is, how drug and alcohol related bereavement can effect families, what to expect following an unexpected death and links to useful organisations and resources.
This Executive Summary presents the main findings of 'Between a rock and a hard place'; how parents experience child-parent violence and how they look for help. It also makes recommendations for policy and practice.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: How parents deal with children who use substances and perpetrate abuse
This project report presents findings on how parents experience child-parent violence and how they look for help. It also makes recommendations for policy and practice.
This research was undertaken by grandparent carers affected by substance use in their own families. Whilst only covering the Sunderland area, it provides a useful summary of the key issues affecting grandparent carers and the kinds of support they want and the barriers they face in accessing it.
Addresses the stigma experienced by the families of substance users, and the barriers this presents to recovery for the whole family.
Changing Lives: using peer support to promote access to services for family members affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use
Project report from Adfam’s Whole Family Recovery Project which was funded by the Big Lottery to work with families affected by drugs and alcohol in the Royal Borough of Greenwich
A short guide to child to parent violence when the child uses drugs or alcohol for parents.
A short guide to child to parent violence when the child uses drugs or alcohol for practitioners.
A short guide to child to parent violence when the child uses drugs or alcohol for commissioners.
The webinar follow up of Adfam/AVA's project on Child to Parent Violence is now available online.
This discussion paper looks at the roles and influences of parents and families in reducing and preventing drug use.
Following a joint briefing with DrugScope in April 2012 The troubled families agenda - what does it all mean? (pdf) Adfam has produced an updated discussion paper covering the background, successes, benefits and risks of the Troubled Families Programme (TFP).
Annual report tracking trends in illegal drug use, with detailed information on what drugs people use, when they start and stop, where they get them from and where they take them.
Produced as part of Adfam's 30th birthday celebrations, this document provides a thorough overview of the policy and research around families and substance use since 1984. It cover both Adfam's own work and that of the sector.
Presents data and testimony on the experiences of grandparent carers, many of whom are raising children due to addiction in the family.
This paper looks at the possible impact of recession and economic hardship on families affected by drugs and alcohol, arguing that a tough financial climate may cause additional problems for an already vulnerable group.
This analysis examines how family support services are funded, how this is changing, and the impact of a challenging financial environment on service delivery. It also looks at issues like the use of volunteers, responses to funding cuts and how family support services make their arguments to funders and commissioners.
This fundraising toolkit gives guidance for family support services on how they can enhance their fundraising at the local level. Areas covered include partnering with local businesses, running events and promoting them in the media, and applying to trusts and foundations.
This factsheet by Alcohol Concern (2010) looks at the relationship between domestic violence and drink. It also covers issues such as gender, children at risk and the victim's use of alcohol. Moreover, this resource investigates best practice when working with the victims of alcohol related violence and focuses on the idea of blame.
This guide has been written for anyone who has recently lost someone close to them, and whose death has been reported to the coroner.
It includes information on drug and alcohol related deaths and a section on inquests.
Highly influential report highlighting the needs of children whose parents use drugs.
Hidden Harm, three years on: realities, challenges and opportunities (pdf) examined the progress made in the wake of Hidden Harm.
This resource, published by Adfam and Mentor UK for the ADEPIS project, summarises the key issues around parental substance use for a school audience. It provides information on the impacts of parental drug and alcohl use on children, indicators the children might show in school and how they can be supported in this setting.
How to support family members who may be harder to reach: men, people from ethnic minorities, LGBT families and those living in rural areas.
This leaflet is intended to provide you with information about domestic abuse and substance use. It looks at its impact on victims, family and friends, as well as what you can do to help others, and yourself, stay safe.
Making It Happen brings together Adfam’s 30+ years of experience in family support in a best practice guide aimed at commissioners and service managers
Over the past decade, a number of children have been killed or seriously harmed through ingesting drug treatment medication prescribed to their parents and carers.
In light of these incidents, in 2014 Adfam published a research report, Medications in drug treatment: Tackling the risks to children (pdf). This analysed learning from Serious Case Reviews, explored current literature and guidance on the issue, canvassed the views of frontline practitioners and experts, and recommended ways of improving safety.
A year after the publication of the report, Adfam produced a new research report, Medications in drug treatment: Tackling the risks to children – one year on (pdf) to build on the original work by looking at progress made in the last year, providing updated statistics and information, and giving recommendations to practitioners and policymakers on how to reduce risk and the incidence of these tragic occurrences.
This report explores the experiences of families affected by alcohol use.
It asks how the families of drinkers may experience things differently to those of drug users, what the barriers are that prevent people from accessing support and how society characterises problem drinking.
This booklet is produced by the Scottish Government and is aimed at any family member or friend who is affected by this type of bereavement. It describes some of the emotions and processes that will take place, and how family members can best deal with possible post-mortems, media interest and other topics.
Adfam research into the views and experiences of frontline practitioners working with parental substance users and their children. This report is also available as an executive summary (pdf).
NTA overview of the number of people in treatment with childcare responsibilities.
A resource for family support services with all the practical and legal information needed for the successful use of volunteers.
Argues that families need to be supported to play a role in their loved one’s recovery, and that families need to recover too.
Relationship Realities: A summary of findings from a survey on the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on relationships
Summary of findings from a survey into how couple relationships are affected by drugs and alcohol. The survey is part of a wider pilot project, ‘Relationship Realities’, a partnership between relationship research charity OnePlusOne and Adfam, funded by the Department for work and Pensions.
The Children’s Commissioner’s research centres on the 700,000 children living with a dependent drinker and up to 3.5m whose parents binge drink.
This paper focuses on the topic of commissioning substance use services. Included is an overview of the topic, input from an expert and links to the best evidence-based research and findings.
This briefing provides a brief overview to some of the issues that exists around gay men, risky sex and drug use. It links to the best literature and evidence available, as well as more informal sources of learning such as blog posts and online videos.
The Skills Consortium have released the first in a new series of Briefing Papers. These papers will focus on either a drug or alcohol treatment intervention type or a treatment group, with the first in the series focusing on Motivational Interviewing.
The briefing provides a short overview of the topic, and links to the five most relevant and popular resources on the Skills Hub and the Drug and Alcohol Research Matrixes.
This briefing from the Skills Consortium offers an overview of workforce development tools which can be used by drug and alcohol practitioners and service-managers to ensure the competence of their practice and the overall effectiveness of the treatment services and systems they work within.
Latest official figures on the number and characteristics of people in drug treatment in the UK.
Gives the key principles underpinning the importance of family support with information on how and why to provide it at the local level.
Gives the key arguments and evidence in favour of supporting families, helping local organisations make the case to funders, commissioners, politicians and other partners.
This project report presents the findings of research into the help seeking behaviour of families of substance users carried out by Dr Sarah Galvani of the University of Bedfordshire.
Research into the impact of a relative’s substance use on adult family members, including the cost savings families make to the state, the harms they experience and the benefits of support.
A guide to the new layout of local and national public services, including commissioning groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Police and Crime Commissioners.
A toolkit to help family support services navigate a challenging policy and practice environment, with information on funding, impact measurement and business planning.
This booklet has been produced in partnership with the Angelus Foundation and provides background on the nature, history and legality of legal highs and club drugs and considers some of the myths that surround them.
It also provides some tips on how parents might start health conversations with their children on this topic, and where to go if they need further help.
Sets out the Government’s priorities relating to drug use: reducing demand, restricting supply and building recovery.
This briefing aims to explain the changes to legislation proposed by the Care Bill, as well as the changes effected by the Children and Families Act, as they relate to the families of drug and alcohol users.
Research into the support provided for families of substance users across the UK, and how to improve its effectiveness and availability.
Includes a commitment to a national minimum pricing structure for alcohol and other measures to tackle binge drinking and anti-social behaviour.
Government-commissioned expert report into the state of the child protection system, and what reforms must be made to improve it.
The first economic assessment of a family support service, showing that it provides £4.70 of savings to the state for every £1 of investment. It also shows that Adfam provides a Social Return on Investment (SROI) of £2 for every £1 of income.
A briefing explaining the impact of the Social Value Act 2012 on family support services.
This Adfam/DrugScope briefing aims to explore and explain the Government's Troubled Families scheme, with emphasis on the potential role of drug and alcohol services and community services.
The ‘Family Life in Recovery’ project from the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University and Adfam, funded by Alcohol Research UK, is the first piece of research of this scale to illustrate the far-reaching impacts of dependent drinking through the lens of family members.
This guide offers advice and suggestions to support service providers to deliver effective services to grandparents who are carers for their grandchildren due to parental substance misuse following Adfam's Grandparents Carers Project.