The purpose of the guidance is to provide an updated good practice framework for all child
and adult service practitioners working with vulnerable children and families affected by
problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use. It has been updated in the particular context of
the national GIRFEC approach and the Recovery Agendas, both of which have a focus on
‘whole family’ recovery. Another key theme is the importance of services focusing on early
intervention activity. That is, working together effectively at the earliest stages to help children
and families and not waiting for crises – or tragedies – to occur.