Alcohol prevalent in protection cases

Between 30 and 60 per cent of child protection cases involve
alcohol and up to 1.3 million children in the UK are affected by
their parents’ alcohol problems, a new study by the government has
found.

The interim analysis of the government’s national alcohol harm
reduction strategy shows that children of parents with alcohol
problems may experience problems with learning, depression,
anxiety, antisocial behaviour and hyperactivity.

One-fifth of children who are excluded from school drink alcohol
three or four times a week, compared with just 3 per cent of
children who are not. A quarter of looked-after children drink at
least once a month, compared with 9 per cent in private
households.

NSPCC policy adviser Lucy Thorpe said: “Services should be
developed to work with children and parents to understand and
lessen the impact of the problems of alcohol.”

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