The effect of drink and drugs on the children of substance misusing parents scarcely cuts across the news media’s radar, says Rosie Brocklehurst, in our cover story.
Addaction’s pilot services, sending trained family workers out on home visits, will join the network of dedicated services throughout the UK.
Addaction’s CEO, Peter Martin, is hopeful that the work could transform drug treatment in Britain but making a difference depends on a co-ordinated approach. At the moment there is a lack of national data on the scale of the problem and, as yet, no overarching co-ordinating body. Let’s get past laying bureaucratic tarmac, and onto making a real difference says Rosie. There’s no time to hang about – childhood is all too short for many.