Harlow Council may bid for fund to help children with alcoholic parents

News / Mon 23rd Apr 2018 am30 08:48am

THE government has announced £6m of funding to help children with alcoholic parents get support and advice reports the BBC.

Plans include fast access to mental health services for children – and programmes to treat parents’ addiction.

An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents.

The NSPCC says there has been a 30% increase in calls to its helpline over the welfare of a child due to a parent misusing alcohol in the past year.

The funding is coming jointly from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Local councils will be able to bid for a share of £4.5m, based on their need for services.

The money will help to speed up the identification of children who are at risk, give support to reduce the numbers going into care, and provide programmes helping parents through their treatment.

Health Secretary Jeremy 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. This is not right, nor fair.

“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 paid tribute to shadow health secretary Mr Ashworth, who has spoken out about his own experiences of growing up with an alcoholic father.

“Some things matter much more than politics, and I have been moved by my Labour counterpart Jon Ashworth’s bravery in speaking out so honestly about life as the child of an alcoholic,” he said.

“I pay tribute to him and MPs with similar experiences across the House who have campaigned so tenaciously to turn their personal heartache into a lifeline for children in similar circumstances today.”

Mr Ashworth welcomed the announcement, saying it was a “real breakthrough”.

He told BBC Breakfast he felt alone and embarrassed growing up with an alcoholic father and said the government’s plans “would have made a tremendous difference to my childhood”.

Mr Hunt has appointed public health minister Steve Brine to have ministerial responsibility for children with alcohol-dependent parents.

The move has won praise from Labour MP Liam Byrne, who also lost his father, Dermot Byrne, the former general manager of Harlow Council, to alcoholism, and chairs the all party group on children of alcoholics.

He said: “This is a huge step forward for Britain’s innocent victims of booze; the kids of parents who drink too much and end up scarred for life.”

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7 Comments for Harlow Council may bid for fund to help children with alcoholic parents:

2018-04-23 11:24:57

This would be a good thing. Alcoholism is a really tough one because unlike other drugs, which are less harmful in my opinion, booze is everywhere. Switch on the TV and it's there, a socially-acceptable way of getting trashed. Booze adverts are not allowed by law to show that their products will make you more popular or make your life better but they come pretty close. If cigarette packets have images of the effects of cancer, why not have the same kind of warnings for alcohol? At the moment there's a lot of fudging going on. I'm not against alcohol per se, the reason I don't drink is down to vanity more than anything, but if smoking is bad for you (and it is) why not treat alcohol with the same level of seriousness?

2018-04-23 11:40:22

Pathetic and opinionated as usual, from the font of all knowledge. Like his lefty pals at momentum, he's now dictating what's best for us all, on the basis of his professed vanity. VOTE momentum of LABOUR at your peril.

2018-04-23 17:35:48

My father was and probably still is an alcoholic. That'll make you pretty opinionated, Micky.

2018-04-24 06:24:15

" I don't drink it, it's down to vanity". Typically economical with the truth, as usual from a momentumist. Disgraceful. The foot is again, not where it's supposed to be. V L of m a y P.

2018-04-24 09:38:06

Top notch sensitivity as usual from the Nasty Party. That will be my own personal choice as to why I don't drink. Alcoholics often end up slurring, violent wrecks of human beings with disastrous effects inside and out of their bodies. Who wants that? Everyone's a bit vain, even you, Michael. And, to point out the obvious, it's served me well as I am a beautiful looking specimen of humankind. So there.

2018-04-24 10:50:50

Blatantly obvious that you definitely are not aware of the difference, between an alcoholic and a drunk. Not the same. You can't trust these people to govern. Bluff,bluster,bullying and bravado, counts for nothing. VOTE momentum of LABOUR at your PERIL.

2018-04-24 11:13:29

Remember that respect pledge y'all signed up to with such fanfare! I think your replies to me over this issue have been really quite disgraceful.

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