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Drug testing is relied upon for family court if parental drug abuse is a concern and a child could potentially be unsafe in his or her own home. In these cases when the safeguarding of children is under question, care proceedings will be initiated and the results of drug testing will help decision making. Understanding the pattern and extent of drug misuse can help assess the risk to the child. Drug testing may also be relied upon to prove historical drug use.

When the results of drug tests can have such significant effects on a family unit, you need to be confident that the testing results are accurate, backed by scientific evidence, and presented on time. For this, you need to use a trusted and competent testing laboratory. AlphaBiolabs specialises in drug and alcohol testing and has worked with social workers and family law solicitors for almost 20 years. Our legal drug testing is recognised and admissible to UK courts.

Our in-house laboratory is accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025 standard (No. 2773), which means you can be confident of getting accurate results. We also follow the Society of Hair Testing guidelines for drug testing in hair [1].

In addition, our drug testing methods are the fastest available. We can turnaround results within 3 days, essential for meeting tight court deadlines.

Wide range of drug testing for family court

AlphaBiolabs offers a full legal drug testing service ranging from hair (both head and body), urine, oral fluid and nail clippings. The choice of which test to use depends on what substance needs to be detected and in what timescale.

Head hair drug testing (also known as hair strand testing, HST) offers a wide window of detection (up to 12 months), thereby providing a historic overview of drug misuse. Segmented hair analysis can show a pattern of drug intake, such as to see a decrease or increase in drug use over time, or to highlight intermittent use. Body hair analysis generally provides up to a 12-month overview.

Both oral fluid and urine drug testing options are useful because they can detect recent drug use and allow for comfortable and non-invasive sample collection.

Nail clippings analysis can give an overview of up to 12 months.

Further information on AlphaBiolabs’ range of drug testing services and the types of drugs able to be detected can be found here.

We also offer a Drug Screen Plus service, which analyses samples for any drugs present. We will then issue a report on exactly what we find.

Evidence-based reports of drug testing for family court

Together with the other available evidence, our Statement of Witness reports will be invaluable in helping you determine the outcome for your care proceeding case.

The reports work within the framework of Family Law and follow Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (2010). They are clear, succinct and won’t baffle you with science. The reports include all of the details of the drug tests performed, the results in full and a conclusion based on the evidence. In addition, to save you time deciphering the content, our reporting scientists also provide their expert opinion where they interpret the results.

Whether you are a social worker, a solicitor or a private individual, we can help you with expert advice on legal drug testing. We also offer interest-free credit options for privately paying customers. Please call 0333 600 1300 for more information or email us at info@alphabiolabs.com

[1] Forensic Science International 2012;218:20–24.