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Families with multiple needs

Domestic abuse, parental mental ill-health and substance misuse

CPD Certificate


For further information please
call 0808 800 5000 or email

What is the course about?

Marian Brandon’s analysis of 47 serious case reviews (Brandon et al, 2008) showed that the families involved shared many characteristics, particularly the preponderance of domestic violence, mental health difficulties and substance misuse among parents and carers.

Key information

Delivery on request on a date of your choice.

One day

To be arranged. This can be a venue of your choice.

To be confirmed

Further information
Call 0808 800 5000  

This introductory course will provide the opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the nature and impact of these factors on children and their families.

Who is this course for?

Professionals who work with children and/or their families. 

What level is the course and do I need any specific skills?

This is an introductory course, but you will need to have a basic understanding of safeguarding and child protection. We offer basic awareness training: see our list of training courses.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • recognise the paramountcy of a multi-agency approach when supporting children who are living in families with multiple needs

  • demonstrate an awareness of the impact of these factors on children

  • explore the learning from Serious Case Review findings

  • state the blocks for practitioners that impact on effective outcomes for children

  • challenge attitudes of professionals who are failing to recognise the needs of the child in their work with adults.

How will I be taught?

Through face-to-face learning from experienced professionals. A range of methods will be used to help build up skills and knowledge and there will be opportunities to reflect on attitudes.

Methods include formal input, large and small group discussions, working with DVD materials.

Course venue

See: Training venue addresses and google map directions.


For further information please call 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or register online

What course could I take next?

We offer a range of courses with a focus on different forms of abuse, including neglect. Child development training will build on knowledge of the impact of abuse. Those who have specific responsibilities for child protection in their organisation would find it helpful to attend designated persons training: see our training courses.

We can also develop or modify a course specifically to meet your needs. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact NSPCC training