Supporting Children affected by Parental Alcohol Misuse

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the Children's Commissioner's report on supporting children affected by parental alcohol misuse released today, Jackie Kennedy, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, says that the report highlights that we need better information for children, parents and services so that they can provide more support.

"2.6 million children are living in the UK with parents who are drinking hazardously. Frequently this alcohol misuse remains hidden and it's the children's voices all too often that go unheard. A survey of 100 parents who access Turning Point's alcohol treatment service conducted as part of our Bottling It Up Campaign (2011) shows that 83% worried that their drinking had impacted on their children and 77% said their drinking had impacted on their finances.

We are aware that the provision of services for families for alcohol misuse is patchy and we know that this needs to change. For us the key lies in replicating services that have already proved effective; focusing on family focused substance misuse services, partnership working and home-based services for families. Maggie Atkinson's report makes its clear that more can and must be done in this area. We need more services to meet the needs of parents to prevent a new generation of children at risk of poor mental health, drug and alcohol addictions, truancy and worse."