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Commissioning early help

strategic briefingsPublished: Nov 2013

Commissioning early help

Strategic leaders are asked to make decisions about the allocation of resources across a range of services for children and families. Many commissioning decisions involve ‘wicked issues’ - social or organisational problems that have no easy answers and require new ways of thinking. Shifting resources away from managing crises to fund improved preventative and early help services is one of these wicked issues. This Strategic Briefing provides an overview of the key issues.

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development (Taylor 2013)

frontline resourcesPublished: Nov 2013

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development (Taylor 2013)

Whilst there is no suggestion that all children of parents who misuse substances are inevitably going to experience developmental problems, this type of behaviour can affect the extent to which children’s needs, across the developmental domains, are met. Our latest Frontline briefing examines the degree to which PSM can affect children’s physical and emotional development.

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development - Taylor 2013 (Chart)

frontline resourcesPublished: Nov 2013

Frontline briefing: The impact of parental substance misuse on child development - Taylor 2013 (Chart)

This chart accompanies a frontline briefing which examines the degree to which parental substance misuse (PSM) can affect children’s physical and emotional welfare at a range of levels Whilst there is no suggestion that all children of parents who misuse substances are automatically going to experience developmental problems, this type of behaviour can affect the extent to which children’s needs, across the developmental domain, are met. The chart should be used in conjunction with the main briefing as an aid and reminder of the impacts outlined in greater detail in that resource.

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