Local authorities and substance misuse services can use this guidance to:
- understand more about parental alcohol and drug use and how it affects children
- understand the implications of Working together to safeguard children for substance misuse services
- improve joint working between local authority adult and children’s social care services and substance misuse services
- develop joint protocols between alcohol and drug treatment services and adult and children’s social care services
This guidance replaces the previous Public Health England (PHE) guide for local authorities on developing protocols between alcohol and drug treatment and children and family social care services. It complements PHE’s parental alcohol and drug use toolkit and supports cross-government policy and programmes on improving outcomes for families and children affected by parental alcohol and drug use.