You need to know what is happening to the child and their family, and the particular ways a child’s safety, belonging and wellbeing are affected by their parent’s alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use.
Once you have built a picture of what the child needs, you have to make sense of what it all means.
|What you need to know
||What to ask yourself
|About the child
- How does this child need to be cared for?
- What is their temperament and development?
- What things are easy and more challenging in life for this child?
- How is the child being hurt by their parent’s AOD use?
- If things stay the same, what is the likely trajectory for the child?
- What needs to be different to make things better and safer in the child’s life?
- What things should stay the same in the child’s life?
- What things do we need to build on in the child’s life?
|About the parent and AOD use
- How does AOD use affect the parent meeting each child’s needs?
- What is the parent doing or not doing for the child because of their AOD use?
- What places, people and AOD practices are making their child more at risk?
- What have you learnt about AOD use in their life?
- What is the parent’s perspective about risks to their child and what needs to happen about their AOD use?
- Given the patterns of past and current use and the seriousness of episodes, what level of intervention and support is likely for healing and recovery?
|About strengths, resources and acts of protection
- What are the things that work well in the family?
- What things does the parent do well?
- Who is connected to the child and parents?
- Who can help?
- What acts of protection have you learnt about?
- How do these things reduce risk or buffer the impacts for the child?