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Problem drug use and safeguarding children: a multi agency approach

Julian Buchanan, Glyndwr University
Brian Corby

Article comments

This chapter was included in the book Effective Practice in Health and Social Care: A Partnership Approach published by the Open University Press in 2005. ISBN 978033521472 Reproduced by permission.


This chapter will: &#; Explore the social context in which ‘problem drug users’ and ‘inadequate parents’ are constructed. &#; Outline key issues and difficulties involved in working with problem drug users whose children are considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect. &#; Draw on research carried out with social workers, health visitors, drugs clinic workers and parents to examine the barriers of working together to assess children’s needs where parents misuse drugs. &#; Explore strategies for better partnership approaches.

Suggested Citation

Buchanan, J., & Corby, B. (2005)problem drug use:a new conceptual framework. In R. Carnwell, & J. Buchanan(Eds.) Effective practice in health and social care: a partnership approach (163-179). Maidenhead: Open University Press