Portsmouth City Council has secured £500,000 from Public Health England to provide support for children with alcohol-dependent parents.
The Council have said the money will enable them to deliver a three year programme of structured treatment in a Family Hub setting which will support 160 families annually and benefit around 240 children.
Research has shown that children with alcohol dependent parents are more likely to miss school, through taking on caring responsibilities at home, and can miss other key parts of childhood like spending time with friends and developing hobbies.
Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘One of our council priorities is to ensure that children and young people in the city are safe, healthy and positive about their futures so I'm delighted that we've won this funding to enable us to increase the support already available to families through the Early Help and Prevention service.’
The aims of the new programme are to identify more families where alcohol dependency is an issue and provide treatment to a greater number of people. The programme will look to meet the needs of the whole family, breaking cycles of behaviour and building healthy relationships. It will also support parents to understand the effect of their alcohol use on their children.
‘I want to thank those who worked hard on the bid to win this funding and look forward to the programme starting and delivering the positive outcomes that we're confident it’s capable of,’ added Cllr Winnington.