It is dangerous in relation to practice and safeguarding to conclude that risks exist, or do not exist, in relation to a particular type of parental behaviour and family functioning. Using parental alcohol use as an illustrative topic this chapter explores definitions of alcohol use, the significance of parental use and the mechanisms and ways it is believed alcohol use leads to harms and then affects children and their educational experiences. In doing so this chapter recognises that it can be challenging and difficult to identify different thresholds of harms and risk from parental substance use alone. It also recognises and concludes by critically reflecting on the role teachers and educational staff have to play in assessing need, reducing pupil and parental stigma and shame around alcohol use, understanding the position of the parent and what children need to encourage their involvement and discussion around concerns like parental alcohol use.
|Title of host publication||Understanding Safeguarding for Children and Their Educational Experiences|
|Subtitle of host publication||A guide for Students, ECT's and School Support Staff|
|Editors||William McGovern, Aidan Gillespie, Helen Woodley|
|Place of Publication||Croydon|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Jun 2022|