Toxic Trio 2 Day Course - Antser
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People

Toxic Trio

This highly specialised course supports participants in working with families where there are multiple complex needs including domestic abuse, parental mental illness and substance misuse
2 day
up to 22 people face to face
up to 15 people remotely

Learning outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of dependence on substances and the impact of substance misuse on parental functions.
  • Explore the possible impacts of substance misuse on child welfare and development within the Common Assessment Framework
  • Gain an understanding of how to support children and young people who are affected by parental substance misuse.
  • Understand the use of processes of inter-agency working and information sharing
  • The definition of ‘domestic violence’, myths and stereotypes.
  • The research on domestic violence.
  • The impact of domestic violence on women and children and strategies for working effectively with families where domestic violence is an issue.
  • The political, cultural and economic reasons why women stay in violent relationships.


Our training aims to provide a practical skills-based day focussing on interventions to support practitioners who are working with families where there are complex multiple needs including domestic abuse, parental mental illness and substance misuse. The course will explore the complex ways these issues interact together, consider the implications for child protection practice and how this should be addressed by social work professionals.

The aim of this course is to support participants in developing a better understanding of the impact of the Toxic Trio by considering Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol, Domestic Abuse, cognitive in terms of the ‘family development’. Looking at the impact on the family, family’s strengths, difficulties and building resilience. This course will ensure participants build a comprehensive understanding of the link between parental mental health and child protection.

Our course covers the following topics:

  • An overview on The Toxic Trio
  • Indicators of abuse
  • Definition  of Domestic Abuse
  • Myths and stereotypes
  • The Impact on children
  • Impact on women
  • Working with parental substance missus and young people
  • Impact on children when parents misuse substances
  • What parents can do to reduce risk
  • Parental mental health
  • Stigma parents suffer
  • Signs and symptoms of Mental Health problems
  • What are the protective factors
  • What is the impact on children of Parents with Mental Health Issues
  • Assessments
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This course includes:

  • Case studies
  • Safeguarding practice reviews
  • Group work
  • Resources
  • Group quiz
  • Findings and statistics

Benefits of the course:

  • Up-to-date and in line with the key legislation and guidance in the UK.
  • No prerequisites needed to join this course.
  • Delivery from professional and expert facilitators in the field.

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