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Free library of key documents for people working in family support

Adfam Impact Report 2016

Adfam’s first impact report, outlining our key achievements and activity from 2016.

topics:

  • Family support
  • Governance
  • Policy

Adfam Impact Report 2017

Adfam's annual impact report, outlining our key achievements and activity from 2017. 

topics:

  • Data & statistics
  • Family support
  • Governance
  • Policy

Adfam's Manifesto for Families

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.

topics:

  • Policy

Alcohol and Whole Family Recovery: What we know and what we don’t know

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.

topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Family support

BEAD project: Consultations findings

A report of the BEAD Project's research into the experiences of those bereaved through substance use and how they access support.

topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Bereavement

BEAD project: Scoping review

An overview by Adfam and Cruse Bereavement Care on the existing research literature on drug and alcohol related bereavement.

topics:

  • Bereavement

Between a rock and a hard place: Executive summary

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.

topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Domestic violence

Child to Parent Violence webinar

The webinar follow up of Adfam/AVA's project on Child to Parent Violence is now available online.

topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Domestic violence
  • Parenting

Families, drugs and alcohol - policy and research since 1984

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.

topics:

  • Family support
  • Policy

Family and Friends Care: What if we said no?

Presents data and testimony on the experiences of grandparent carers, many of whom are raising children due to addiction in the family.

topics:

  • Data & statistics
  • Grandparents
  • Social care

Family support in times of economic hardship

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.

topics:

  • Family support
  • Policy

Funding Family Support

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.

topics:

  • Family support
  • Governance

Fundraising toolkit

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.

topics:

  • Family support
  • Governance
  • Toolkit

Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence

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.

topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Domestic violence
  • Good practice
  • Social care

Guide to Coroner Services

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.

topics:

  • Bereavement

Living with domestic abuse and substance use

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.

topics:

  • Domestic violence

Medications in Drug Treatment: Tackling the Risks to Children

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.

In 2018 Adfam produced a guide, Opioid Substitute Treatment (OST) and risks to children: Good Practice Guide (pdf), for practitioners to implement some of the learning from the research. The guide is for any practitioner who comes into contact with parents (or those living with children) using substances and their children.

topics:

  • Children & young people
  • Parenting
  • Safeguarding

Overdose: Bereavement - What happens now?

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.

topics:

  • Bereavement

Real Voices in Volunteering

A resource for family support services with all the practical and legal information needed for the successful use of volunteers.

topics:

  • Governance
  • Toolkit

Skills Consortium: Gay men, risky sex and drug use briefing

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.

topics:

  • Diversity
  • Good practice

Skills Consortium: Motivational Interviewing briefing

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.

topics:

  • Good practice

Skills Consortium: Workforce development tools briefing

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.

topics:

  • Good practice

Supporting the Supporters: Families of drug misusers

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.

topics:

  • Data & statistics
  • Family support

Surviving the Transition: Organisational health

A toolkit to help family support services navigate a challenging policy and practice environment, with information on funding, impact measurement and business planning.

topics:

  • Governance
  • Toolkit

Talking to your children about legal highs and club drugs - A parent's handbook

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.

topics:

  • Children & young people
  • Parenting

The Government’s Alcohol Strategy

Includes a commitment to a national minimum pricing structure for alcohol and other measures to tackle binge drinking and anti-social behaviour.

topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Government policy

The Social Return on Investment of Family Support Services

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. 

topics:

  • Data & statistics
  • Family support

The Troubled Families agenda: what does it all mean?

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.

topics:

  • Government policy