'This initiative demonstrates how effectively two local authorities
can work together. Camden & Islington's guidance is potentially a
very effective tool in supporting families where parents are misusing
'This is a sensitive area and to support these families effectively a
wide range of services need to work together. Health authority
alcohol and drug services, maternity and mental health services and
local authority adult and children's services should be involved.
These services must work with any other group who may come across
parents misusing drugs and alcohol such as schools, youth workers and
the criminal justice system.
'Bringing all these groups together to help support families of drug
and alcohol misusing parents is not an easy task. This guidance will
try to improve the way the services work and as a result, families in
Camden and Islington should receive better treatment.'
1. Policy, Procedure and Guidance for Working with Drug and Alcohol
Misusing Parents has been produced by Camden and Islington Area Child
2. Copies of the guidance are available to those working in the field
from Terry Ellis of Camden Area Child Protection Committee (0171 413
6639) or Caroline Barrett of Islington Area Child Protection
Committee (0171 477 3549).