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Funding for projects for people affected by alcohol

£10.5 million of funding to help improve the lives of adults and children impacted by alcohol

Ingrid Torjesen

Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Public Health England is providing £10.5 million to help improve the lives of adults and children impacted by alcohol.

A £4.5 million innovation fund will support local projects working with children and families while a £6 million capital fund will improve access to alcohol treatment in the community.

Public Health England has selected nine local projects that will each receive a slice of the £4.5 million innovation fund. These include a Greater Manchester project which offers continued support for parents leaving prison and a project in Portsmouth that will provide a range of tailored services and interventions specific to individual families, including alcohol treatment, family counselling and support to reduce parental conflict.

It is now calling on local authorities to submit bids by 21 January 2019 for a share of a £6 million capital fund, which can be used to improve services and facilities for people with alcohol problems.

It is estimated that there are 200,000 children in England living with 120,000 parents who have alcohol problems. Public Health England’s most recent annual treatment statistics show that around 16,000 adults receiving treatment for alcohol were living with children and a further 18,000 who are parents but not currently living with their children.

The impact of having a parent with an alcohol problem on the lives of children can be devastating. An analysis of serious case reviews recorded that alcohol was a contributing factor in more than a third of cases (37%).

Alcohol is also often a major contributor to parental conflict, which can lead to a range of poor outcomes for children in education, employment opportunities and health.

Steve Brine, public health minister said: “Alcohol abuse can tear lives apart, not only for the people trapped in the grip of an addiction but for their children, who are often robbed of the support, comfort and structure they need from their parents. I am committed to finding new ways to help families in the midst of these heart-breaking situations.

“Many children in this position suffer in silence – but the funds awarded to these councils today will help them identify those children sooner and offer them a vital lifeline. We are also investing more money to get parents into alcohol services to help free them of addictions once and for all.”

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