Below are two tools used by social workers when assessing the impact of substance misuse on a parent’s ability to meet their child’s needs. Both tools guides social workers to consider the following domains:
- The Pattern of Parental Drug Use
- Accommodation and Home Environment
- Provision of Basic Necessities
- Procurement of Drugs
- Health Risks
- Family’s Social Network and Support Systems
- The Parents’ Perception of the Situation
The tools are based on the “Guidelines for professionals for assessing risk when working with drug using parents” developed by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) and the Local Government Drugs Forum (LGDF).
CAFCASS SCODA RISK ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST
This is a checklist asking social workers to give a score and comment on the domains listed above. At the end of the document, social workers are asked to provide an overall summary of findings together with recommendations and goals.
SCODA ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK
This is a list of questions relating to the domains above – a social worker can use the tool as guidance of what to ask when assessing the parental drug use and its impact on their children and incorporate the answers within their own assessment template or use the document as the actual assessment template.