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Option 2: More information including how Option 2 works, what clients think of the service and about outcomes, can be found on

DECIPHer: The Option 2 project has been adopted by DECIPHer (The Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement). DECIPHer brings together leading experts to tackle public health issues including alcohol, tobacco and drugs. 
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For more information please contact:

Dr Sally Holland Senior Lecturer Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 76910

Dr Annie Williams
Researcher Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0303

Professor Alex Copello: Professor of Addiction Research at the University of Birmingham,  Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Addictions at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. Research interests include the impact of addictions upon families and how to help families in these situations.

Professor Donald Forrester is the director of the the Goldberg Centre, which is based at the University of Bedfordshire: The centre was set-up to develop social care research and  to support the use of evidence-based approaches in practice. Although the current focus is on research on substance misuse across the field of social care, this exists within a broader remit, i.e. to carry out and support research on what works across the whole of social work and social care.

Dr Sarah Galvani:, 07884 007222. Dr Galvani is a principal research fellow and assistant director at the Goldberg Centre. Her particular interests are in: substance use and social work education and practice; substance use and violence against women.



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Emlyn-Jones, R. 2005.  ‘Introduction’ in . Preventing breakdown; A manual for those working with families and the individuals within them. Russell House Publishing.

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Forrester, D., Pokhrel, S., McDonald, L., Copello, A., Binnie, C., Jensch, G., & Waissbein, C. 2008a. The evaluation of Option 2.  Welsh Assembly Government.

Forrester, D., Goodman, K., Cocker, C., Binnie, C., & Jensch, G. 2009. What is the impact of care on children’s welfare? A focused review of the literature. Journal of Social Policy, 38 : 439-456