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Cassey Muir

Name: Cassey Muir

Based at: Fuse, Newcastle University

Supervisors: Dr Ruth McGovern (Fuse, Newcastle University), Professor Eileen Kaner (Fuse, Newcastle University) and Dr Judi Kidger (University of Bristol)

Project title: Co-producing an intervention to promote social and emotional resilience in children and young people affected by parental substance misuse

Project summary: Parental substance misuse has harmful impacts upon children, proving to be a major child protection and public health concern. As some young people affected by parental substance misuse are more resilient and others more vulnerable, increasing resilience among this population is important. Currently, there is no established evidence-based intervention to promote resilience among young people whose parents misuse substances. Therefore, this project aims to synthesise and explore children’s experiences of parental substance misuse and to co-produce, alongside young people and practice and policy partners, a child-centred intervention to promote social and emotional resilience. The programme of work will utilise three approaches; a qualitative systematic review exploring children and young people’s experiences and impacts of parental substance misuse, in-depth qualitative interviews with children and young people affected by parental substance misuse across the North East England, and a series of co-production workshops with relevant stakeholders to develop a child-centred intervention. The final output of this research will be a prototype intervention, with the aim to promote social and emotional resilience among young people affected by both dependent and non-dependent parental substance misuse.

Practice engagement: Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive of Adfam, a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol, is my practice advisor on this project. I am also involving other practice colleagues from local authorities, charities, and organisations in the design of the project, as well as the development of the intervention. I have attended forums and meetings to discuss my work with practice colleagues and will further develop these links throughout the project. I will also hold a co-production workshop with practice and policy partners to develop the intervention.

Public engagement: Through the use of a small advisory group, children and young people who experience parental substance misuse will help interpret findings from this project and support the development of interview schedules and workshop activities. To develop the intervention, I will also run a series of co-production workshops with children and young people who experience parental substance misuse. These workshops will hopefully be co-led by a young person.

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