Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

NSPCC receives rise in calls over substance misuse

One contact per hour to the NSPCC helpline is on the subject of substance abuse, the children’s charity has revealed.

Man Sitting On Sofa With Bottle Of Vodka And Cigarettes

The NSPCC revealed a shocking rise in the number of contacts made to the helpline from children concerned about substance misuse in the family.

There were 25,000 contacts to the helpline over the last three years about substance misuse and this number has increased by 16 per cent since 2013-14.

Last year alone, 8,500 people across the UK contacted the NSPCC about issues involving substance misuse which equates to one contact per hour on the issue.

The charity says that some contacts have been judged so serious that it has made more than 20,000 referrals to external agencies, including the police and children's services.

The figures were released to coincide with the start of Children of Alcoholics Week.

The NSPCC states that substance misuse is a significant risk for children and often leads to neglect and abuse. Excessive alcohol consumption or use of drugs inevitably make it difficult for parents to deal with family life and often puts pressure on relationships.

Children’s feelings, their relationship with their parents and how they’re looked after are all affected.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said: “Drug and alcohol abuse can have hugely damaging affects around children and it’s clearly troubling to see a rise over time in reports of this problem to our helpline.

“Substance misuse all too often leads to the neglect or abuse of a child and it’s absolutely crucial that we do all we can to stop that. The NSPCC provides services directly to families suffering from these problems to help them overcome them and provide their children with a safe and secure upbringing.

“But everyone has a duty to look out for potential signs of distress and the NSPCC’s helpline is there to provide help and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Wanless added.

The NSPCC provides services to both parents experiencing difficulties with substance misuse and children affected by it including FEDUP (Family Environment: Drug Using Parents), which provides a safe, confidential space for children to express their feelings, while working with parents in 1-2-1 sessions to help them understand the effects of substance abuse.

Parents Under Pressure aims to support parents who are on a drug or alcohol treatment programme.

Training: Dealing with substance misuse and addiction in child protection work

 

 

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Inspectorates warn children at Rainsbrook were at risk of harm

22/06/2021

Children held at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre were placed at risk of harm as a result of serious and widespread failings at the centre, a joint inspection by Ofsted, The Care Commission and HMI Prisons has found.

The joint report comes after the Lord Chancellor Lord Buckland announced last week that all children were [...]

Read Full Story

All children removed from Rainsbrook

17/06/2021

All children are to be removed from Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the Lord Chancellor has announced.

Robert Buckland has confirmed that work is underway to move all children from the privately-run Secure Training Centre amid serious ongoing concerns about safety and performance.

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “Six months ago, I demanded that MTC take [...]

Read Full Story

Response to 'Case for Change'

17/06/2021

What the children’s services sector said about the independent review into children’s social care.

ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President, Charlotte Ramsden, said: “This review is a once in a generation opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change for the children and young people who need our help and support to thrive. The case [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram