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Lesson 7 – Problematic Substance Use and Child Protection



kid_girlThis lesson will explore the relationship between Problematic Substance Use and Child Protection issues. Not all parental substance use leads to child protection concerns. It is important to first assess the substance used, how it is used and under what circumstances. It is possible for mild to moderate substance using parents and care givers to draft and implement safety plans around their use that protects children in their care. Severe use is often an indicator that planning and good judgment may be impaired, which positively correlates with negative impacts on children.

Children are a powerful factor in a parent’s motivation to change their behaviour around problematic substance use. Most parents with problematic use are motivated to stop or reduce use in order to improve their parenting.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact that problematic substance use has on one’s ability to parent.
  2. Recognize the effects that a parent’s problematic substance use can have on their children.
  3. Describe how problematic substance use can become a child protection issue.


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