Family Sensitive Practice in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Field

Samantha Battams, Ann Roche

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    There is growing impetus for a more comprehensive approach to understanding the causes, prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drugs problems across sectors. The alcohol and other drugs and family and child welfare sectors have increasingly recognised the relationship between alcohol and drug misuse, childhood and adolescent development, and child wellbeing and protection. However, relatively few programs consider the needs and development of children and adolescents, or provide for the care of children, whilst parent/s are in counselling or treatment programs. A holistic, public health approach is required to prevent the misuse of alcohol and other drugs in society and mitigate the impact of such misuse, especially the impact upon children and adolescents. A comprehensive approach entails the adoption of a preventative approach to child abuse and neglect. This can be supported by the employment of Family Sensitive Policy and Practice within treatment services along with
    changes to organisational cultures, policies, resources and structures to enhance Family Sensitive Policy and Practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherNational Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.
    Number of pages6
    Place of PublicationSouth Australia
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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