Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents Project
An Innovation Fund project January 2019 – March 2021
New offer for families affected by alcohol in Haringey
Children of Alcohol dependent parents project is focused on working with Haringey families dealing with alcohol dependency, so they can access better support in the borough. The three year project is a partnership across Haringey including Adfam, CDP Blenheim and the Bridge Renewal Trust.
The approach aims to improve the lives and wellbeing of children of alcohol dependent parents. The project will work to improve family relationships, help people out of dependency and meet affected families’ wider support needs such as housing, employment, mental health and increase referrals to alcohol treatment.
The project will include:
- community workshops
- engagement with children
- parental counselling
- intensive support for families
- peer support programmes for parents
- specialist worker training across the borough, providing a rounded support network for families
- development of tools to support families
Training and workshops will be provided for community groups, volunteers, health visitors, schools, social workers and other professionals working with children and families. The training and tools will help to support the identification of early warning signs of alcohol misuse and parental conflict.
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Alcohol dependency in Haringey
In Haringey, an estimated 73% of alcohol dependent adults living with children do not access treatment and available help.
Public Health England estimates (June 2018) indicate that in Haringey, an estimated 397 of 546 adults with an alcohol dependency are not in treatment.
Zina Etheridge, Haringey Council’s Chief Executive, said:
“Alcohol dependence can have a damaging and long-lasting effect on families – not just the parents but their children too. This vital funding will help us to work across the community to create practical, easily accessible help and support that will genuinely meet our families’ needs.”
Haringey is one of nine projects chosen from 69 applications to receive the three-year grant.
This bid was led in partnership across council directorates and was led by Haringey Public Health and supported by NHS Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group and Bridge Renewal Trust, Haringey Council’s strategic voluntary sector partner.
The Innovation Fund project is jointly funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Work and Pensions.