The following resources have been produced by us and a wide range of other organisations.

They are:

You are not on your own

We and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner published You are not on your own, the first booklet for use by children affected by a parent or carer who drinks alcohol excessively.

You are not on your own is designed to help children to have frank discussions with professionals working with them, or with an adult they trust, when they are worried about a parent or carer and the problems being caused in their lives and their families by a significant adult’s alcohol consumption.

The booklet is available as a free online resource. It is intended to facilitate adults’ support for children, and to address ways to keep them safe from harm.

Contact us to order printed copies of the booklet (copies are £1 plus p&p). 

Read a letter to stakeholders from the Children's Commissioner for England and The Children's Society.

Oh Lila

Oh Lila is a learning resource that aims to build resilience and protective factors in pre-school children.

Alcohol Focus Scotland developed Oh Lila. They describe the resource as telling 'the story of an adventurous young hare called Lila, who gets herself into trouble. Lila goes through a range of emotions before confiding in her friend Eric the squirrel that encourages her to seek help from the wise old hare.'

Order Oh Lila from Alcohol Focus Scotland. (There is a fee for this resource.)

Pupils affected by parental substance misuse

In partnership with the (former) Princess Royal Trust for Carers, we produced guidance called Pupils with parents affected by parental substance misuse.

The document is part of a larger resource, Supporting young carers: a resource for schools, that helps schools develop a deeper understanding of the issues faced by young carers, in order to support this vulnerable group of pupils more effectively and ensure they achieve their full potential.

List of resources for therapeutic work with children affected by parental substance misuse

This detailed list of resources was compiled by our project workers.

Supporting children affected by parental alcohol misuse: a toolkit

This toolkit, developed by Alcohol Concern and funded by the Department of Health, is a web-based resource with specific sections for teachers, school nurses and the other professional groups.

Supporting pupils with substance misusing parents: information for teachers and school

This booklet by The Children's Society's Include Programme is for teachers and school staff. The publication's goal is to raise awareness of some of the issues experienced by children and young people whose parents have problematic substance abuse. This booklet highlights the issues, gives suggestions for good practice and identifies support.

Fact sheet for families worried about alcohol misuse

This fact sheet provides information for parents and families about the impact that alcohol misuse can have, and where they can go for help. The resource was created by Turning Point.

The Rory Resource Pack

The Rory Resource Pack helps children understand parental alcohol misuse. It was created by Alcohol Focus Scotland.

Adult Drug Problems, Children's Needs: Assessing the impact of parental drug use

This ebook by NCB (the National Children's Bureau) describes the policy and research context that highlights the importance of work with the children of drug users. It's particularly useful for practitioners and supervisors involved in assessing children in need, or for multi-agency training.

There is a cost to download the ebook.

Seeing and Hearing the Child: Rising to the challenge of parental substance misuse

These two resources from the NSPCC help identify and respond to the needs of children living with parents who misuse substances.

They're suitable for a multi-agency audience, and meet the training needs of a range of professionals across children’s social care, health and education, as well as in adult services where substance misuse is an issue. There is a cost to download the resources.

E-learning module 'Parental Drug Misuse'

This resource - along with others on a range of subjects - is useful for anyone who works with children and young people whose parent(s) misuse drugs.

The module was created by Research in Practice and is password-protected - it is accessible to partner agencies of Research in Practice.

Interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration e-learning modules

These online learning resources are freely available. They provide audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring the nature of interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration and in improving collaborative practice.

The resources are maintained by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Working with the children and families of problem alcohol users: A toolkit

This user-friendly toolkit details a range of ways of working with the children and families of problem alcohol users.

It was created by the University of Bath and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

101 support group activities for teenagers affected by someone else's alcohol/drug use

This out-of-print book by Martin Fleming was recommended by Dave Willis from the Somerset Young Carers Project:

'The book was first published mid-nineties and Martin is an American author, so the language relates to American terms. However the activities are adaptable for all ages and we used a lot of them for both our support groups (age 8-11 and 11-14). I would recommend this as a resource for practitioners working with children affected by parental substance misuse.'

Drugs, alcohol & parenting - A workbook for parents

This workbook is designed to help parents who use drugs or alcohol care for their children. The book helps parents understand what they need to do, and also gives practical tips on how to do it. With unique self-scoring questions, parents and workers are able to assess the situation, and monitor and chart progress over time.

Written by Mary Glover, an experienced childcare social worker and drug worker, the book explains what children need, what social care services expect, and how drugs and alcohol can affect childcare.