Hidden Harm - Parental Alcohol & Drug Misuse

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 2 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 2 hours towards your CPD.

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million children of problem drug and alcohol users in the UK (ACMD 2006). Services naturally focus their attention on the problem user; but in this process, the effects on the children can be overlooked. There is now a government directive that aims to raise awareness of this issue and increase opportunities for early intervention.

The course comes with an online assessment and certificate on achieving a satisfactory pass mark.

This course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and their families.

On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


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This course covers the following topics:

- Overview
- Impact on families and children
- Assessment
- Opportunities to influence outcomes for children
- The voice of children and families
- Strategies for engagement


The Hidden Harm course is designed for anyone who works with children, young people and their families. The course aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting the children of problem substance users. It helps the learner to spot the signs of harm and identify appropriate windows of opportunity to break the cycle and safeguard the child.

The course has been developed by 5 Drug and Alcohol teams nationally and peer reviewed by panels of experts in the field.

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