Useful reading

Two general resources from the NSPCC will be of use to any professional working with these issues, and often many of the other problems which are often also present. 

Useful Reading – all of these references informed the writing of the content of this website

1. Calder MC (2005). Children living with domestic violence. Towards a framework for assessment and intervention.
2. Childline (1997). Beyond the limit: children who live with parental alcohol misuse. London; Childline. 

3. Cleaver H, Nicholson D, Tarr S & Cleaver D (2007). Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Parental Substance Misuse: Family Experiences and Effective Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley. 

4. Cleaver H, Unell I & Aldgate J (1999). Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity. The Impact of Parental Mental Illness, Problem Alcohol and Drug Use, and Domestic Violence and Children’s Development. London; HM Stationery Office. 

5. Evans D (2006). Children, Alcohol and Family Violence. In Harbin F & Murphy M (2006) (Eds). Secret lives: growing with substance. Working with children and young people affected by familial substance misuse. Lyme Regis; Russell House Publishing; p55-79. 

6. Forrester D & Harwin J (2006). Parental substance misuse and child care social work: findings from the first stage of a study of 100 families. Child and Family Social Work, 11; 325-335. 

7. Gorin S (2004). Understanding what children say. Children’s experiences of domestic violence, parental substance misuse and parental health problems. London National Children’s Bureau. 

8. Hamer M (2005). Preventing Breakdown: A manual for those working with families and the individuals within them. London: Russell House Publishing. See  

9. Hopkins G (2006). Danger signals. Community Care 1623; pp40-41 

10. Humphreys C (2006). Domestic violence and child protection: exploring the role of perpetrator risk assessments. Child and Family Social Work 12; 360-369. 

11. Humphreys A & Mullender C (undated). Children and Domestic Violence. research in practice. 

12. Mullender A et al. (2002). Children’s Perspectives on Domestic Violence. London; Sage Publications. 

13. Niven & Ball (2007). Sure Start Local Programmes and Domestic Abuse. Sure Start.  

14. Saunders A (1995). “It hurts me too”: Children’s experiences of domestic violence and refuge life. Women’s Aid Federation England, National Institute for Social Work and ChildLine. 

15. Save the Children and Countryside Agency UK study on Children and Domestic Violence in Rural Areas (2003)  

16. Taylor A, Toner P, Velleman R & Templeton L (2007). Parental alcohol misuse in complex families; the implications for engagement. British Journal of Social Work (in press). BJSW Advance Access published online on December 20, 2006  doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcl374. 

17. Tunnard J (2002). Parental problem drinking and its impact on children. Research in Practice. 

18. Turning Point (2006). ‘Bottling it Up’: the effects of alcohol misuse on children, parents and families’. London; Turning Point. Available online at  

19. Velleman R & Templeton L (2007). Understanding and modifying the impact of parents substance misuse on children. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 13; 79-89. 

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