New research calls for a focus on relationships in support for families affected by drugs and alcohol in Scotland

By March 25, 2020

“Every connection matters”

Today, Corra Foundation launches its latest research Connections are KeyUnlocking the Heart of Relationship-Based Practice. This explores what helps and hinders compassionate relationships within support for children and families affected by drugs and alcohol.

Corra Deputy CEO, Carolyn Sawers said:

“We’re deeply grateful to all the families and practitioners who shared their thoughts with us as part of this research. What they said showed just how crucial relationships are. Every connection matters; Whether that is within families, between a practitioner and the family, or between workers.

“People were clear that a child is best supported when a parent is also receiving good quality support. As each family member will have different needs, it critical that each person is supported in the right way for them. This means that good relationships throughout the whole, complex system of support for a family are essential.

“We look forward to sharing the report and to having conversations with others about how to put the recommendations into practice.”

The report calls on funders and commissioners to recognise the importance of long term, secure funding for services to allow them to deliver relational approaches and to do this well. It also highlights the need for a shift in culture within services so that compassionate care is at the core of practice. This includes nurturing relationships between staff across agencies and sectors, so that everyone involved in supporting those affected by drugs and alcohol feels enabled to develop trust, kindness and care with families.

The full recommendations and research reports can be found at