Effect of Substance Misuse on the Unborn Child
The Aim of this session is to improve the understanding of the effects of substance misuse including cannabis on the unborn child and the key stages where risk of harm is highest.
How Long is the Course?
Who is the Course Aimed at?
Children’s social care staff
- Understand the nature and content of commonly used substances
- Understand the key developmental stages in pregnancy
- Understand the impact of the use of substances at various stages of a developing pregnancy including cannabis, alcohol and prescription drugs such as Valium and Methadone
- Understand the role and importance of pre-birth assessment in establishing risk and impact on the unborn child
09:30 – Welcome and Introductions
09:45 – Commonly used Substances: What are they and what do they do?
10:30 – Pregnancy – Key Stages in the development of the unborn child
11:15 – Comfort Break
11:30 – The effect of substances on the unborn child: Cannabis and recreational drugs such as Amphetamine, Cocaine, Ecstasy and New Psychoactive Substances
12:15 – Any Questions?
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – The effect of substances on the unborn child: Opiates/Opiods including Heroin and Methadone and the misuse of prescription drugs such as Valium and other Benzodiazepines
14:15 – The effect of alcohol on the unborn child: key stages of concern
15:00 – Comfort Break
15:15 – The Prebirth Assessment – The importance of establishing risk and reducing harm
16:00 – Questions and Evaluation