Caroline Flint has congratulated the first local authorities and voluntary organisations to secure Government innovation funding to support children living with alcohol-dependent parents.
At an event organised by Public Health Minister Steve Brine, the Don Valley MP met with local authorities and voluntary organisations from across England who had been awarded the funding.
Caroline, who is herself a daughter of an alcoholic mother, said: “This funding could not be more important. One in five children in the UK are affected by a parent’s drinking, so innovative projects like these are absolutely essential in ensuring that all children’s voices are heard and their needs are met.”
"I look forward to finding out more about what new and better ways there are to support children in families beset by alcoholism.”
“We know that a child of an alcoholic is twice as likely to struggle at school; three times more likely to consider suicide and four times more likely to become an alcoholic themselves.”
The Don Valley MP, who as a Vice Chair of the Children of Alcoholics APPG, lobbied to secure the £4.5m of innovation funding, praised the ambition and the diversity of the projects that had been selected.
Speaking after the event, Caroline said: “I know dedicated Doncaster professionals working in this area of family support. I hope we can benefit from the lessons and outcomes achieved by these projects to better deliver what works locally.”
“Families struggling with alcohol can leave a legacy of damage for years on future generations. These children need our help now – and I’m determined to see these support services changing lives for the better.”
The £4.5million is the first part of £10.5million funding announced in December 2018 to support adults and children affected by alcohol.
More information on the Government’s Innovation Fund can be found here.