Individuals and families affected by substance misuse often have multiple and complex needs. These families require a multi-agency approach where services work together to plan and deliver care in order to ensure a ‘whole family’ approach is achieved.
Bexley’s Multi-Agency Parental Substance Misuse Protocol aims to support all professionals in Bexley with concerns about the wellbeing of children and young people whose parents or carers have substance misuse problems, specifically where the substance misuse is impacting on or likely to impact on their ability to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care:
The protocol was developed in partnership with LB Bexley Public Health and following some initial work in the partnership’s Learning Hub in 2021.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. produced a resource pack on substance misuse following the Learning Hub’s work in 2021 (this was refreshed in 2023):
The London Safeguarding Children Procedures has a chapter on parents who misuse substances: