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Ethnography: Services

The main aim of the service ethnography is to document everyday practices in relation to the governing of parental drug use through immersive participant observation, conversations with staff members and focus groups with practitioners. A key focus of the observational fieldwork will be on relations between staff and parents/families and relations between staff in the service and other professionals and agencies, including senior managers, policymakers and commissioners.

In each site (Scotland and England), we aim to include two NHS community drug teams, two Local Authority children and families’ social work teams and two Third Sector agencies who provide drug treatment and/or family support services to parents who use opioids.