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The Government has announced it will be providing faster access to support and advice for the 200,000 children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents.

The scheme will not only identify those at-risk much quicker, but it will provide early intervention programmes to reduce the numbers of children entering the care system. This will use all the experience and resources of Child Protection jobs and Best Interest Assessors to make these interventions and relieve the strain on those in Social Work jobs.

£6 million has been earmarked for the scheme, which is jointly funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Under the plans, Local Authorities will have to bid for funding and priority will be given to areas where there is greater demand for services.

Issues relating to children living with parents affected by substance misuse are becoming increasingly common. The NSPCC revealed that calls to their helpline about drugs or alcohol abuse around children have increased by 16% since 2013 - with an estimated 1 call per hour relating to substance misuse concerns.

The effects upon a child living with a parent impacted by substance misuse can last a lifetime, and as part of this new initiative, children and their families can benefit from fast access to mental health services which will help them deal with any issues. The initiative will also provide funding for outreach programmes to support dependent parents as they go through addiction treatment.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Health Secretary Jeremey Hunt said “The consequences of alcohol abuse are devastating for those in the grip of an addiction–but for too long, the children of alcoholic parents have been the silent victims. These measures will ensure thousands of children affected by their parent’s alcohol dependency have access to the support they need and deserve.”

Mr Hunt also announced the appointment of Steve Brine MP as the dedicated Minister for children for adult-dependent parents – a role he will combine as part of his work as the Public Health Minister.

He said of his appointment: “I look forward to working with local authorities and charities to strengthen the services that make a real difference to young people and their families.”
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