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15 January 2019

Pilot project to support children of alcohol dependent parents

Addaction has been awarded more than £200,000 to support children of alcohol dependent parents.

The grant is from a £6 million package of joint funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions.

The project will run in Lancashire, as a pilot, for two years. It is estimated that 5,245 children in Lancashire live with an adult with an alcohol dependency. Despite this, fewer than one in five (18%) parents are in some sort of treatment for alcohol problems.

The project will have three of strands:

  1. Support groups for young people, aged between 11-18, who have parents with alcohol problems.
  2. Training and upskilling for professionals in community, education and social care organisations, so they identify and respond to substance problems in the family.
  3. An art-based group programme for families impacted by substance misuse.

Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of External Affairs at Addaction said:

“When a parent has a drug or alcohol problem it can have a big impact on the the whole family, but until recently there hasn't been enough focus on how this can affect children. There are around 200,000 children living with parents who are alcohol dependent, and they need support too. This sort of work, helping the whole family get through tough experiences, gets to the heart of how we can make a difference.”

Media contact

Mark Byrne | Head of Media | Addaction

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