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Meeting the needs of children whose parents have a serious drug problem

Neil McKeganey and Marina Barnard

in Growing up with risk

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347329
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.003.0008
Meeting the needs of children whose parents have a serious drug problem

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This chapter looks at what is known about the ways in which parents' drug use may influence the lives of their children, and the challenges faced by those seeking to meet these children's needs. It argues that the needs of children and families have attracted too little attention because the policy focus has been elsewhere – on reducing the risk of acquiring and spreading HIV infection, and on reducing drug-related crime. The chapter highlights one of the ‘thorniest’ questions facing professionals: how much adversity is it tolerable for children to experience at the hands of their addict parents?

Keywords: parental drug use; families; social policy; HIV prevention; drug-related crime; drug addicts

Chapter.  6026 words. 

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