Getting our priorities right: good practice guidance

Updated good practice guidance for all agencies and practitioners working with children, young people and families affected by problematic alcohol and/or drug use.

Appendix 4: Incorporating Recovery - Outcome Measurements

Child(ren) of Person in Recovery

I want relationships that meet my needs and protect me by:

Person in Recovery:

To me, recovery means:

Direct Service Provider

Can support people in recovery by:

Commissioners/Organisation Leads

We can support recovery by:

Recovery Markers for child(ren)

The impact on children can be measured by:

  • Needing to be listened to in respect of how parental problematic alcohol or drug use affects me
  • Needing one or both parents to receive effective treatment and support
  • Requiring other responsible adults to be involved in my care
  • Wanting a safe and stable home environment
  • Wanting to be educated to the best of my ability
  • Not wanting to be stigmatised because my parent(s) are substance users
  • Needing my physical, emotional and social development needs to be addressed
  • Wanting to be involved in activities that I enjoy
  • Learning to cope when things are not going well
  • Allowed to ask questions and be answered when I do not understand something
  • Having people I can rely on
  • Being loved and accepted as I am
  • Having people in my life who believe in me even when I don't believe in myself
  • Taking an active part in my treatment journey
  • Having something to give back to my children
  • Being a responsible parent for my children
  • Being able to help my children when they need me
  • Being determined to live well and take care of myself and my child(ren)
  • Believing that my life can get better
  • Taking positive action to achieve my goals
  • Finding a routine and structure to my life that is alternative to my substance using lifestyle
  • Controlling my symptoms so that they do not adversely affect on my life or that of my family
  • Having responsibilities to promote and protect the wellbeing of children
  • Assessing new attendees by asking a series of questions about a) being a parent, b) details of their child(ren) and c) nursery/school and other agencies involvement
  • Sharing information confidentially with other services involved in care of adult/child(ren)
  • Providing evidence-based care and treatment services to adults in recovery
  • Ensuring that children are nurtured within a positive and safe environment
  • Supporting children to develop constructive relationships within and outside the family home
  • Actively working with other services involved in supporting parents and children
  • Promoting peer support within service delivery
  • Ensuring that sharing information between agencies is embedded in practice
  • Educating staff on local child protection policies, guidelines and procedures
  • Commissioning adult problematic alcohol or drug use and children's services that understand and promote recovery principles
  • Creating systems to ensure professionals receive specialist advice and support to care for children living with parental problematic alcohol or drug use
  • Defining clear roles and responsibilities for agencies.
  • Ensuring that services in the area provide a wide range of recovery approaches
  • Developing a culture of peer support within the local treatment model
  • Promoting recovery and ensuring it is valued and supported by all agencies (specialist and generic)
  • Improvement in the adult's physical, emotional and mental wellbeing (Outcome based) Outcomes Star
  • Evidence of a home environment that is clean, safe and protective
  • Improved/sustained attendance and performance at school
  • Evidence of access to responsible, supportive adults and appropriate professionals (as necessary) to ensure child's views are considered at all stages of parents treatment
  • Routinely measuring the child's/children's developmental markers
  • Involvement in structured local activities/societies/clubs appropriate to peer group
  • Assessment via GIRFEC ( SHANARRI) principles


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