Evaluation of an intensive family preservation service for families affected by parental substance misuse

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594488
Title:
Evaluation of an intensive family preservation service for families affected by parental substance misuse
Authors:
Forrester, Donald; Copello, Alex; Waissbein, Clara; Pokhrel, Subhash
Abstract:
Parental misuse of drugs or alcohol is recognised to be an issue for a high proportion of families to known social services, and for many children who enter care. However, there is limited research on what is effective in working with such families. This article reports on an evaluation of an Intensive Family Preservation Service (named ‘Option 2’) aimed at families in which parents misuse substances and children are considered at risk of entering care. The study used mixed methods. A quasi-experimental element compared solely data relating to care entry (e.g. how long children spent in care and its cost) for Option 2 children (n = 279) and a comparison group of referrals not provided with the service (n = 89) on average 3.5 years after referral. It found that about 40 per cent of children in both groups entered care, however Option 2 children took longer to enter, spent less time in care and were more likely to be at home at follow-up. As a result, Option 2 produced significant cost savings. A small-scale qualitative element of the study involved interviews with 11 parents and seven children in eight families. The findings suggested that Option 2 was a highly professional and appreciated service. For some families it achieved permanent change. For others, particularly those with complex and long-standing problems, significant positive changes were not sustained. The implications for services designed to prevent public care, particularly where there are substance misuse issues, are discussed and recommendations for policy and evaluation made.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; University of Birmingham; Brunel University
Citation:
Forrester, D. et al (2008) 'Evaluation of an intensive family preservation service for families affected by parental substance misuse' Child Abuse Review 17 (6):410
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Child Abuse Review
Issue Date:
Nov-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594488
DOI:
10.1002/car.1048
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/car.1048; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.1048/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0952-9136; 10990852
Appears in Collections:
The Centre for Young People, Poverty and Social Disadvantage

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorForrester, Donalden
dc.contributor.authorCopello, Alexen
dc.contributor.authorWaissbein, Claraen
dc.contributor.authorPokhrel, Subhashen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-21T13:10:13Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-21T13:10:13Zen
dc.date.issued2008-11en
dc.identifier.citationForrester, D. et al (2008) 'Evaluation of an intensive family preservation service for families affected by parental substance misuse' Child Abuse Review 17 (6):410en
dc.identifier.issn0952-9136en
dc.identifier.issn10990852en
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/car.1048en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594488en
dc.description.abstractParental misuse of drugs or alcohol is recognised to be an issue for a high proportion of families to known social services, and for many children who enter care. However, there is limited research on what is effective in working with such families. This article reports on an evaluation of an Intensive Family Preservation Service (named ‘Option 2’) aimed at families in which parents misuse substances and children are considered at risk of entering care. The study used mixed methods. A quasi-experimental element compared solely data relating to care entry (e.g. how long children spent in care and its cost) for Option 2 children (n = 279) and a comparison group of referrals not provided with the service (n = 89) on average 3.5 years after referral. It found that about 40 per cent of children in both groups entered care, however Option 2 children took longer to enter, spent less time in care and were more likely to be at home at follow-up. As a result, Option 2 produced significant cost savings. A small-scale qualitative element of the study involved interviews with 11 parents and seven children in eight families. The findings suggested that Option 2 was a highly professional and appreciated service. For some families it achieved permanent change. For others, particularly those with complex and long-standing problems, significant positive changes were not sustained. The implications for services designed to prevent public care, particularly where there are substance misuse issues, are discussed and recommendations for policy and evaluation made.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/car.1048en
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.1048/abstracten
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Child Abuse Reviewen
dc.subjectparental drug misuseen
dc.subjectparental alcohol misuseen
dc.subjectfamily preservationen
dc.subjectmotivational interviewingen
dc.subjectpublic careen
dc.titleEvaluation of an intensive family preservation service for families affected by parental substance misuseen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Birminghamen
dc.contributor.departmentBrunel Universityen
dc.identifier.journalChild Abuse Reviewen
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