The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions have introduced a package of measures backed by £6 million in joint funding to give children living with alcoholic parents fast access to support and advice. It is designed to help an estimated 200,000 children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents.
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