Worksheets and activities to support work with parents and families

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Worksheets and activities

Emotional wellbeing information sheets

The young people we work with have told us that living someone who drinks or uses drugs can cause a number of difficult feelings. They might be worried, afraid, scared or confused. Our information sheets can help young people find out more about those feelings and ways in which they might be able to deal with them. There are some tips to try and lots of online links to other places to find support.

Feelings worksheets 

We have produced a set of ten free worksheets aimed at helping practitioners talk through a variety of issues with children and young people (2015). We hope the sheets will enable workers to open up conversations around subjects including family life, understanding drugs and alcohol, where to go for help, coping with different feelings and well-being.

Parents, pints and pills workbook

Young carers in Gloucestershire have developed a booklet for young people who live with someone with a drug or alcohol problem. Parents, pints and pills includes information about different substances, stories from young carers and tips to help young people look after themselves. Copies can be ordered from Gloucestershire Young Carers.

Activity book - Healing Games for Children of Alcoholics

Kids' Power: Healing Games for Children of Alcoholics offers special games and activities designed specifically for children from families where there is alcohol and drug misuse as well as other high stress family environments. These healing games cover themes such as expressing feelings, problem-solving and self-esteem. They can help children to better understand the dynamics of their home lives and give them tools for recovery. From 1989.

Understanding addiction and recovery through a child's eyes: hope, help and healing for families

This book shares the healing journeys of children who have lived with someone who misuses alcohol or other drugs. Each story reminds us that children have a unique way of viewing the world and shows how, with help, they can build upon strengths and deepen their resilience.

Support group activities for teenagers

101 support group activities for teenagers affected by someone else's alcohol/drug use by Martin Fleming (1998) 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.' - Dave Willis

The book is available to buy and some pages are available to view via Google books.

Book - The Children's Place: At the Heart of Recovery

Through these heart-breaking and thought-provoking artworks, letters, and poems, members of The Children's Place illustrate how their young lives have been adversely affected by a family member's alcohol or drug misuse (1998).