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Parental Substance Abuse

Parental substance misuse is a key factor in local and national serious case reviews. Research shows it often coexists with issues of domestic abuse and poor mental health, and impacts on parents ability to keep their children safe.  Local findings highlight the challenges of adult and children’s services working together effectively to safeguard children where parents are using substances.


The OSCB endorses the following local resources for practitioners:

The OSCB has produced the following learning for practitioners

Useful Links and Publications on Parental Substance Misuse

Local providers to support adults

Oxfordshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team website has details of the drug and alcohol support and treatment services available to adults and young people in Oxfordshire.

There are also Family and Carer groups for support and voluntary opportunities across a range of organisations.

Below are links to short films commissioned by the DAAT showing the dangers of drink and drugs:





Mixing Drugs and Alcohol

These are aimed at children and young people, and young adults


Local providers to support children

‘CAN’ have substance misuse workers based in the seven Early Intervention Service hubs across the county and support young people who are aged between 11 and 19 years old and:

  • Are using drugs and/or alcohol themselves
  • Are affected by someone else’s drug and/or alcohol use

CAN substance misuse workers can be accessed via a Request for Service form from your local hub. Please contact the Early Intervention Service Hubs for more information.

Early Intervention Service Hubs