Two charities have joined together to help children and families who are affected by parental substance abuse.
Action on Addiction and Place2Be will be combining their services and offering a school-based service to help families that have to deal with the problem.
The scheme will be part of the Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) programme by Action on Addiction to help families with substance addiction problems.
They will combine the programme with Place2Be, who run mental health services in schools, and train their staff to the programme.
The M-PACT programme is an eight-week intervention where families with substance addiction problems take part in weekly group work sessions to address their behaviour.
It has been running since 1986, but this new method being delivered in schools the way Place2Be currently give support will make the programme much more accessible.
This is extremely important with substance misuse as people often struggle to ask for help or to address the problem, and this will make it easier to confront the problem and give support to the children.
The project is being funded by The Royal Foundation and Comic Relief.
Chief executive of Action on Addiction, Nick Barton, said:
This collaboration with Place2Be will allow M-PACT to reach even more of the children and families that need our help.
Children of problematic substance users can receive little support despite being so at risk.
Our project with Place2Be means more young people and families will get the specialist support they need.
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