New £6m Capital Fund to Support Lives Impacted by Alcohol

Public Health England (PHE) has announced £10.5 million of funding to help improve the lives of adults and children impacted by alcohol, consisting of:

  • £4.5 million innovation fund for local projects working with children and families
  • £6 million capital fund to improve access to alcohol treatment in the community.

PHE has announced nine projects that have been allocated funding through the £4.5 million Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents Innovation Fund. They are:

  • Swindon: running a parenting programme for 840 parents over the course of the project, and providing support for 370 children through early help services, where parental alcohol use is identified
  • Haringey: supporting vulnerable children and their alcohol dependent parents, with additional support from a specialist team
  • West Sussex: providing pre-birth support to 50 families at high-risk of interventions from Children's Social Care and therapeutic support to children and young people, alongside treatment for parents
  • Brighton and Hove: providing family-focused support by bridging the gap between adults and children services to better identify vulnerable and neglected children and their alcohol dependent parents
  • Greater Manchester (Rochdale, Bolton, Bury, Salford, and Trafford): offering continued support for alcohol dependant parents leaving prison and their children across the 5 areas
  • Portsmouth: delivering a tailored programme to support 160 families a year, including approximately 240 children
  • North Tyneside: aiming to double the number of children who are identified as living with alcohol dependent parents and increase the number of these parents receiving treatment by over 50%
  • Knowsley: training 1,000 professionals in identifying potentially alcohol dependent parents, and aim to see a 20% increase in the number of alcohol dependent parents accessing treatment over 12 months
  • St Helens: working with local agencies to support around 270 families each year on a range of programmes.

Commenting on the innovation fund winning projects, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive at PHE said:

"There are about 200,000 children whose lives are often torn apart from living with a parent with alcohol problems, which often haunts them into adulthood and can lead to a lifetime of under-achievement and personal problems.

"That is why I'm delighted to be announcing the 9 winners receiving funding, which will provide new and innovative ways of working to identify and reach out to these vulnerable children."

In addition to the innovation fund, PHE is announcing a call for bids for a share of a £6 million capital fund for local authorities, which can be used to improve services and facilities for people with alcohol problems. PHE is encouraging local authorities to submit an application to bid for money by 21 January 2019, with successful projects announced next spring and money being made available from 2019 to 2020.

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