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Hidden Harm

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On average this
course contributes
2 hours
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Hidden Harm - the effect of parental drug and alcohol misuse on children

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million children of problem drug and alcohol users in the UK. (ACMD 2006). Services naturally focus their attention on the problem user; but in this process, the effects on the children can be overlooked. There is now a government directive that aims to raise awareness of this issue and increase opportunities for early intervention.

This course is designed for anyone who works with children, young people and their families. The course aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting the children of problem substance users. It helps the learner to spot the signs of harm and identify appropriate windows of opportunity to break the cycle and safeguard the child.

The course has been developed by 5 Drug and Alcohol teams nationally and peer reviewed by panels of experts in the field.

The course comes with an online assessment and certificate on achieving a satisfactory pass mark.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Overview
  • Impact on families and children
  • Assessment
  • Opportunities to influence outcomes for children
  • The voice of children and families
  • Strategies for engagement

  • Target Audience

    This course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and their families. Please be aware that this training content deals with a potentially disturbing subject matter and material and images used may be of a graphic nature. The module carries links to help lines and national support agencies that can be contacted should you feel the need to talk about the subject to someone other than your colleagues or manager.


    It is estimated that this module will take approximately 2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


    On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

    CPD Accreditation

    The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

    Entry Requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements for this module

    What our customers have said

    It was easy to access and navigate
    17/05/2016 LM
    I Liked having a variety of methods to use during the session clicking on pictures, links etc for further information
    12/05/2016 SW
    Quick and easy to negotiate whilst giving me the knowledge I required.
    24/04/2016 RM
    I was touched by the poetry and by the personal stories used in the training package. The course was also really informative and used very clear precise language.
    10/04/2016 DJ
    I like to have free access to training which I can shelve and come back to at home or at work. I like the additional access to reports and research which are popping up in e-learning because I like to read these at my leisure. Keeps my mind active on a subject for longer than the course itself.
    21/03/2016 JM
    Very informative about types of drug. Also appreciated the voices of children and families section as it put real life stories across.
    26/02/2016 KH
    the module was really interesting and it showed the stats of the alcohol and drug abuse it showed the different types of substance abuse and the hidden harms and affects on the families
    29/01/2016 DK
    I liked the interactive way it was all put together rather than just written information
    05/01/2016 IM
    Ease of navigation through the different modules
    23/09/2015 SE
    All was educational and interesting Thanks.
    20/09/2015 KH
    It is very straight forward to use.
    15/09/2015 OC
    I found the links to reports etc useful
    09/09/2015 MM
    I work in a nursery and I am wanting to explore my knowledge further. I liked all the documents linked to the different topics. This is useful information to have
    RM 23/02/2015
    Visual - easy to read / access the information and prevented the course being dull. Use of information really facilitated learning
    SCM 17/12/2014
    I like the fact the course is set into seperate small modules and that each has a practice test at the end so you an check you understood everything you learnt
    RT 27/06/2014
    I enjoyed the ease of use and the fact that you can drop out and resume at any point
    PS 07/04/2014
    Additional links to further information was helpful
    SP 16/11/2013
    You can do it all at your leisure so to speak. dip in and out when you have a spare five minutes
    AB 26/07/2013
    Hearing about real life situations to do with Hidden Harm. Looking at it from the family members point of view and from the child's was a good source of getting information through
    AB 14/08/2015
    Case studies made it more interesting. Also it was useful having the links for further reading
    SA 05/08/2015
    The simple graphics and wording was very good on helping you to concentrate on the subject and not the presentation being too over powering so that your train of thought was in the right place
    SC 10/05/2015
    Integrated quizzes throughout helped make the module more interactive and ensured consolidation of knowledge throughout
    HW 13/04/2015

    Cost and Discounts

    £30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

    Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089.

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    This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

    You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


    The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

    The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

    Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


    This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1 hour.

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