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?

1 Day

Who is the Course Aimed at?

Children’s social care staff

Learning Outcomes
  • 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


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