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Parental substance misuse

Parental substance misuse 1

The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) Parental substance misuse elearning resource is designed to support social workers responsible for ‘children in need’ when working with families where a parent or parents are misusing drugs or alcohol. Parental substance misuse is an important issue that social workers encounter frequently – one study estimated that between 250,00 and 350,000 children in the UK had a parent who was a problem drug user, and that 62% of children subject to care proceedings had a substance misusing parent.
This elearning resource provides social workers with enough information to be able to make judgements about the possible impact on children that they are responsible for. The package is presented in an accessible and engaging way, and comprises three modules:

  • Understanding substance misuse
  • Understanding the impact on children
  • Implications for children’s social work practice

Each module is about 20-30 minutes long. They include glossaries, references, transcripts, learning records and links to extra resources. Adobe Flash Player is required on your computer.
Link: www.scie.org.uk/publications/elearning/parentalsubstancemisuse/index.asp
Use of this resource, and import of the resource into learning management systems, for educational purposes is freely permitted. A SCORM version is offered for free download and use in a virtual learning environment (VLE).


An Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect

A free e-learning course for anyone, including members of the public, who would like to know more about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and what to do if you suspect a child is being abused or harmed.
The course should take approximately 40 minutes to complete including a knowledge check at the end. Once you score 100% in the knowledge check you will be able to print a certificate of achievement.

This 2009 course by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board has explicit learning objectives and is arranged in four lessons, followed by a final knowledge check. Whilst it is free, you do have to register to use it, selecting ‘member of the public’ when prompted. The course is very interactive, but I was surprised it had no accompanying audio. Nevertheless I would highly recommend it, particularly for volunteers and sessional workers.

Link to course: www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/e-learning-course.html
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Seven e-learning resources from C4EO

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in CYP Services (C4EO) have produced seven interactive e-learning resources that present the main findings from research, tailored specifically to support your role in achieving outcomes for children and young people.
You can choose the group on the home page that most suits your role, whether you are a strategic leader, a senior manager, information specialist or a frontline practitioner. The information is tailored to each group, with reflection points to help you evaluate your own practice or to discuss issues with your teams and partner agencies.
Seven topics are covered in a common format:
1. Child Poverty
2. Disability
3. Early Years
4. Families, Parents and Carers
5. Safeguarding
6. Schools and Communities
7. Vulnerable Children
These are comprehensive packages comprising audio and video clips, quizzes, tests and interactive UK maps, all backed-up by substantial links to references. They are aimed at an audience who already possess skills and knowledge in the field, and it would be easy to spend a day or more on each topic if all the references are followed.
It took me some time to get the hang of navigating via the five sub-divided tabs, but when I got there, I welcomed the provision of transcripts of the audio and video clips, and the checklist of issues at the end is a helpful form of self-assessment.
No log-in is required, and they are released under an Open Government Licence so text and graphics may be freely reproduced for the purposes of any personal or educational use or private research.