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In the second part of our latest ‘as recommended by you’ feature, we speak to social work practitioners and readers of Social Work News magazine to find out how they try to help those affected by the toxic trio. 

How can you help where domestic abuse, substance misuse or mental health issues are involved?

“Empower the person who has been abused, helping them to learn about how they have been groomed and understand how they can avoid it in the future. The wellbeing of the child is the most important thing and should be at the forefront of everything, and parents must appreciate this.”
Susan, Rugeley

“Have a clear understanding of the impact of the issues on the children. Be clear with the family about what needs to change and set goals to achieve this.” 
Amanda, London

“Genograms can be helpful as they allow families to look back at patterns in family history and see how these patterns are repeating themselves.”
Jean, Witham

“Supporting parents to see the world through their child’s eyes throughout the situation, and enabling them to hear that child’s voice. This can help them to identify what their child may be going through and motivate change.”
Ellie, London

“Two chair therapy reverses roles and encourages the person to identify and talk about what it means to be the other person. It helps them to manage their experiences by owning it and working through it. It puts the person in the driving seat and enables them to take control.”
Risikat, Milton Keynes

Could you get involved and share your opinions?

If you would like to contribute towards our ‘as recommended by you…’ feature, please get in touch with us by sending us an email with your name and contact information. 

We like to share the thoughts and comments from our social workers, so why not read some of their recommendations for how to empower families, find out what the best piece of advice they have ever received it, and find out what our readers recommend for practice models!

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