Grant for pioneering programme supporting children of alcohol dependent parents


Release date: 4 December 2018

West Sussex County Council has been awarded a share of a £4.5 million innovation fund by Public Health England to deliver a programme supporting children with alcohol dependent parents.

In an announcement made today (December 4) Public Health England (PHE) announced that the county council’s Public Health team has been successful in their bid for £454,361 of funding.

The new project is a two-fold approach to try and improve the prospects for young people whose lives have been affected by parents with alcohol related difficulties. As part of identifying problems at home earlier, two new full-time specialist members of staff will be recruited to work closely with families. Work will also be carried out to identify and support expectant mothers at risk of alcohol misuse.

As well as trying to catch the problem earlier, the project will focus on helping children up to the age of 18 years who are already living with the effects of a parent dependent on alcohol.

An existing pilot programme offering therapeutic services for these children will be extended and expanded. Parents will in turn be offered a range of support by the local service and leading social care charity CGL to intervene early, help recovery, overcome alcohol dependence and improve emotional wellbeing.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “This pilot has already delivered real change for those people who need it most, so I am delighted that the county council’s Public Health team has been successful in its bid for this funding.

“It will allow even more people to benefit from the good work currently being undertaken and begin to alleviate some of the pressure these young people face.

“It has long been acknowledged that alcohol misuse can have far-reaching effects on families, not just the individual who is drinking, and there is a real need to prevent it spreading even further.”

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