Drug and alcohol services - improving holistic family support

This paper seeks to provide a framework, in line with the national drug/alcohol strategy Rights, Respect and Recovery (RRR) and linked policy

initiatives for the development of a consistent approach for families affected by substance use.


1. Scottish Government (2018)
'Rights, Respect and Recovery'


3. Public Health Scotland (2020) A Scotland Where Everybody Thrives: Strategic Plan 2020-23

4. Scottish Government (2013)
'Getting our Priorities Right'

5. Scottish Government/COSLA (2014)
The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care and Support in Alcohol and Drug Services

6. Care Inspectorate (2015) Inspecting and Improving care and social work in Scotland: Findings from the Care Inspectorate 2011-14.

7. NHS Education Scotland (2021) NES Trauma-Informed – Home (

8. CORRA Foundation (2020) Connections are Key: Unlocking the Heart of Relationship-based Practice

9. The MAT Standards (2021)

10. Circle/MELDAP (2019) Conversations for Change: Family Rights and Inclusion for families affected by substance use in East Lothian

11. GOPR underpins many of these local protocols, procedures and practice

12. Children's Social Work Statistics 2019-20

13. Independent Care Review (2019) The Promise

14. Clever, H. Unell, I.& Aldgate, J (2011) Child Abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse and domestic violence. HMSO

15. Independent Care Review (2020) 'The Promise' (chapter 3 – p.57-58)

16. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill 2021

17. Barret, D & Veerman P.E. (2012) A commentary on UNCRC: Article 33, Protection from Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances. Martinus Nijhoff

18. UK Drug Policy Commission(2009) Supporting the Supporters: families of drug misusers

19. (2021)


21. (2021)

22. (2010) Think child, think parent, think family: a briefing for senior managers

23. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (2021)

24. Scott (2019) 'What works for children and young people in family support' Action for Children.

25. SFAD et al (2021) What Do We Already Know? Our Whole Family Evidence Bank. Scottish Government

26. Scottish Drug Forum (2021) Stop the Deaths

27. The Beacons

28. The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care and Support in Drug and Alcohol Services – (

29. CELCIS (2019) Supporting Families 'A review of the implementation of Part 12: Children at risk of becoming looked after, as set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014'

30. Galloway, S (2020) Challenges from the Frontline: Supporting Families with Multiple Adversities in Scotland during a time of Austerity. Barnardo's, Scotland. NSPCC

31. Christie (2011) Commission on the future delivery of public services. Scottish Government

32. Independent Care Review (2020) The-Money

33. Copeland J. (1997) A qualitative study of barriers to formal treatment among women who self-managed change in addictive behaviours. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

34. Tickle, L (2015) Are we failing parents whose children have been taken into care? The Guardian.

35. Scottish Drugs Death Task Force (2021) Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards for Scotland: Access, Choice, Support.

36. Domestic Abuse and Trauma-Informed Practice Companion Document

37. Circle – Conversations for Change Family Rights and Inclusion work Family Rights and Inclusion – Circle Scotland

38. The Partnership Delivery Framework Alcohol and Drug Partnerships: delivery framework –

39. The best start: five-year plan for maternity and neonatal care

40. Scott, J (2019) 'What Works for Children and Young People in Family Support' Action for Children, Scotland

41. Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland (IRASC)

42. The Scottish Government and COSLA have issued a joint statement of intent Adult social care – independent review: joint statement of intent – (

43. Scottish Families with Action for Children, All in the Family and Circle (2021) Ask the Family! Family Perspectives on Whole Family Support and Family Inclusive Practice

44. Kendall, S Rodger, J and Palmer, H (2010) The use of whole family assessment to identify the needs of families with multiple problems, UKG Department of Education

45. Manchester City Council (2014) Whole Family or Household approach

46. Childrens Commissioner for Wales (2020) 'No Wrong Door: Bringing services together to meet children's needs' Home – Children's Commissioner for Wales (

47. (2010) Think child, think parent, think family: a briefing for senior managers



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