Working together to support families where a parent uses alcohol and/or other drugs

Presenters: Louise La Sala and Emily Boubis. Facilitated by Dr Pilar Rioseco.

Families where a parent uses alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD) may need a range of different supports, including from child protection and family support services. Research indicates that when collaboration between these agencies is limited, families are at greater risk of falling through the gaps.

This webinar will build on the learnings from Collaborative practice in child and family welfare: Building practitioners’ competence, focusing on the opportunities that family-inclusive approaches offer in supporting families where a parent uses AOD. In particular, this webinar will outline:

  • Research evidence on the intersections between parental AOD use and child protection concerns
  • Principles and values that underpin the practice of professionals working in AOD and child protection
  • Opportunities and strategies for building cross-sector empathy and working together.

Drawing on case studies developed through a recent Monash University survey, presenters will reflect on ways that collaboration between AOD and child and family welfare services can help to ensure families get the support they need.

This event will be of interest to professionals working in the fields of AOD, domestic and family violence, child protection, family relationship services and related services.

We encourage you to test your system before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions ( A recording of the webinar presentation, powerpoint slides, audio and transcript, will be available on the CFCA website after the event.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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