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Growing Concern For Children Of Addicts

16th February 2017
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Growing Concern For Children Of Addicts

Children’s Charity the NSPCC have released new figures, which show an increase in the number of people reporting drug and alcohol use around children over the last three years.

More than 700 people from the East Midlands contacted the NSPCC last year to describe potential substance misuse amongst adults when children and young people were in their care or nearby.

Over the last three years the focus of more than 2,100 calls to the NSPCC helpline nationally  has been children’s exposure to alcohol, drugs and other substances with some cases being  judged to be so serious, that the charity made nearly 2,000 referrals to external agencies, including the police and children’s services in relation to substance abuse around children.

Speaking as part of Children of Alcoholics week, Sandra McNair the head of services for NSPCC in the midlands said “These calls are coming from people who are really concerned about children and young people living with or near adults who are abusing alcohol or other substances.”

“When we break down those figures we’re looking at almost one contact every hour to the NSPCC helpline and what we know is that adults that are abusing alcohol or drugs around children and (who are) caring for children it really does impact on the quality of the care that they can give”

“Almost one contact every hour is really quite concerning and it kind of shows you that this is a problem that us as a society, we do need to pay attention too it.”  

You can hear more from Sandra in this evening’s (16th February) News In Focus, which puts ‘Alcoholism’ under the spotlight. 

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