Keeping the Focus on Children

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There is increasing concern for children in Scotland who are affected by substance abuse and domestic violence. According to Alcohol Focus Scotland, numbers in Scotland hospitalised through drink ‘has soared by 270% in only 15 years’ and ‘between 80 – 100,000 children have one or both parents who suffer from an alcohol problem.’

Hidden Harm (2003) estimates 41,000 – 59,000 Scottish children have a parent who misuses substances. In Aberdeen City, of the children on the child protection register, 46% were affected by domestic abuse, 40% were affected by parental mental health, 38% were affected by parental drug use and 32% were affected by parental alcohol use (2011).

The Scottish child protection and audit review identified domestic abuse as a feature of at least one third of child protection cases (Scottish Executive, 2002).

Approximately half the incidents of reported domestic abuse involve children (ACPOS snapshot report, 2007).

Community Care (2011) highlights the ‘multiple and cumulative adverse consequences of parental substance misuse for children’s development’. Promoting resilience is seen as a key factor in supporting children… full article

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