Support to help children living with alcohol-dependant parents
24 April 2018
Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced new plans to help children who are living with alcoholic parents.
The measures, which total £6 million, will help identify at-risk children quicker and provide them with support and advice. Harmful drinking at home can leave a child feeling vulnerable and can cause them to develop problems later in life.
The measures include:
- fast access to support and mental health services for children and their families where there is a dependent drinker.
- quicker identification of at-risk children, including those undertaking inappropriate care responsibilities.
- the provision of outreach programmes to get more parents successfully through addiction treatment.
- early intervention programmes to reduce the numbers of children needing to go into care.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded positively to the announcement, believing that at-risk children require as much support as possible. However, they state a joined-up strategy across Government must be considered in order to help all vulnerable children and young people.