Protecting children from neglect or abuse

Background

Jacquie is in treatment for heroin addiction and has been stable on methadone for some time.  She is under the care of Dr Clifford, a general practitioner with a special interest in substance misuse. 

Jacquie is a single parent  to her five year old son, Olly.   Although children's social services were involved when Jacquie first sought treatment, there are currently no safeguarding concerns.

Jacquie expresses in her appointment that it is difficult enough to look after herself yet alone Olly.  Dr Clifford must decide what he should or can do to help Jacquie and Ollie. 

Scenario 

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