In their own right: developing confidential services for children and young people affected by parental alcohol and drug use

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Abstract

This chapter critically explores the development of services for children and young people affected by parental drug and alcohol use. How children and young people are conceptualized, whether as ‘helpless victims’ or as ‘problem solvers and inter‐dependent contributors’, ultimately affects how services are designed and developed. The chapter is divided into three sections. The first section, Being Counted, considers the prevalence of children and young people currently living with parental drug and alcohol use, as well as the sources relied upon to identify this often hidden group. The second section, Being Heard, explores common themes emerging from listening to these children and young people, and the effects parental substance misuse has on family and school life, creating multiple problems. The third section, Being Included, considers the development of direct services for children and young people affected by parental drug and alcohol use, and the principles that should underpin their engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Perspectives on Substance Misuse
EditorsWillm Mistral
Place of PublicationWest Sussex
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter7
Pages118-133
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781118306642, 9781118302125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • alcohol use
  • children
  • family life
  • parental drug use
  • school life
  • young people

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