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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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

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

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(p.132) (p.133) eight Meeting the needs of children whose parents have a serious drug problem
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Growing up with risk
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Neil McKeganey

Marina Barnard

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.003.0008

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

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