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The ‘Toxic Trio’ – Parental Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Domestic Violence

Subject category: Mental Health

Course overview

This course has been developed for practitioners and professionals who work with children and young people, to enable them to examine: how the toxic trio of parental substance misuse, parental mental illness and domestic abuse coexist within families; the impact these have on children; how to take the necessary action within their professional duty and role to ensure the child or young person is safe.

This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Scenarios, case studies, group discussions and small group activities.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
Putting Children first – Delivering Our vision for Excellent Children’s Social
Care (July 2016 DfE)

Health and Social Care Professions Council

Section 47 of the Children’s Act 1989

Children and Families Act 2014

The Children’s Plan 2007

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups 2006

And the following QCF unit:
Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Course content

Risk factors
Identify, analyse and assess harm
Blocks for practitioners that impact on effective outcomes
Best practice to achieve positive outcomes
Research base to assess change

Learning outcomes

Identify how the risk factors of parental mental illness, substance misuse and domestic abuse coexist within families and the implications for child protection in children and young people
Identify, analyse and assess harm through understanding how the cumulative issues impact on children and young people in relation to immediate risk and long term harm
Describe the blocks for practitioners that impact on effective outcomes for children and families and how to overcome them, including the challenge of integrating children and adult services to maintain the focus on the child
Identify best practice to achieve positive outcomes for complex families
Develop skills in how to use a research base to assess change with a focus on each child’s needs and experiences, and how to apply research base findings to their practice; and be able to recognise and challenge disguised compliance


7 hours

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