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Working with families where there is domestic violence, parent substance misuse and/or parent mental health problems: a rapid research review

Report | December 2015

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

The review includes:

  • A summary of the reported prevalence of these mainly parent-related factors in different cohorts (i.e. the overall population; families subject to child protection procedures or care proceedings; and serious case reviews)
  • The context for thinking about changes in social work and whole system practice with reference to these ‘toxic trio’ and ‘toxic duo’ families commonly presenting to children’s social care services
  • Findings from research to date about the impact of and ‘what works’ in relation to each of these elements in isolation as well as collectively