Safeguarding and parental substance misuse
Our substance misuse services take a whole family approach to the treatment of individuals. We work with families to manage the risk to children in households where there is an adult substance user or where powerful medications are present. Our aim is to enable individuals to understand the impact of their substance misuse on their families and the potential risk to children in their care while they are in treatment.
We operate a family-focused prescribing policy with specific safeguarding processes in place that factor in the risks to children and make the home environment as safe as possible. These include home visits to assess risk and educate families, providing safe storage equipment for medicines and prescribing buprenorphine over methadone (or daily supervised consumption) to reduce the dangers to children of gaining access to medication. Where appropriate, home visits may be undertaken with social care teams/health visitors.