ItemChildLinks Issue 3: Parenting and Drug Misuse(Barnardos, 2000) BarnardosThe discussion on the effects of drug abuse usually focuses on the individuals who are using drugs and much of the research and interventions are directed towards the impact on the user. However, anecdotal evidence and research tells us that drug misuse has a profound effect on the community and family surrounding the individual user. The group most affected are, of course, the children of drug using parents and it is surprising to see how little attention and research has been attracted to the needs of these children ItemChildLinks Issue 1: Equality and Diversity(Barnardos, 2000) BarnardosMuch of the current debate around refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland has been based on emotions and political point scoring rather than evidence and the experience of those most closely involved. Racist agendas and the lack of a coherent government policy have not helped. Furthermore, throughout this debate very little attention has been paid to the needs and rights of children.