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Family interventions where parents are problem drinkers
An estimated one in five UK children (that’s around 2.5 million) lives in a household where a parent drinks too much. Despite this, most local authorities have no strategy for supporting children and partners of problem drinkers.
The Manifesto for Change authored by the All Party Parliamentary Committee of Children of Alcoholics called for a national strategy for children of drinkers in recognition that they are currently falling between different service responsibilities. It also highlights the importance of meaningful support for ‘families who are battling alcohol problems’.
This learning day focusses on whole family services which offer significant, practical and ongoing support (beyond counselling and brief interventions) to the wider family as well as the alcohol user, and the day will include three services from different parts of the country who will share their experiences, and a summary of the latest research from Sheffield University’s Alcohol Research group. The day is chaired by Joanna Manning, former National Manager for substance misuse with The Children’s Society