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Accommodation outcomes for children of drug-misusing women
  1. Jennifer Mitchell1,
  2. Helen Mactier2
  1. 1Neonatal Unit, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Neonatology, Princess Royal Maternity, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jennifer Mitchell, Neonatal Unit, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK; jennifermitchell4{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Children of drug-misusing women are a vulnerable group. Data describing the pattern of accommodation placements are lacking. We investigated 10- to 12-year accommodation outcomes of children born to drug-misusing mothers at a single maternity hospital. 94% of mothers were prescribed maintenance methadone during pregnancy and at least 87% poly-drug used.

Data were successfully matched for 132 children (29% of the original cohort of 450 babies). These children had a total of 291 placements (median 2 (range 1–6)), only 28.5% of which were with the birth parents. At 10–12 years, 54 (41%) were in the care of their parent(s).

83% (109/132) were discharged from the maternity hospital to their birth parents; 41% of these children (54/132) remained with their parents at 10–12 years. Of the 23 children not discharged from the maternity unit to their parents, 70% remain within the care system or have been adopted at 10–12 years of age.

  • comm child health
  • data collection
  • drug Abuse
  • general paediatrics
  • social work
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  • Funding Research grant, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Obtained from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) Safehaven, a research collaboration between NHS and University of Glasgow (Safehaven ID GSH/14/KH/001).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data may be obtained from a third party and are not publicly available.

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