Warning Over Parent Alcohol Abuse ‘Child Effect’
Millions of children are at risk of neglect because of a parent’s drinking, yet the problem is being ignored, say charities. Alcohol Concern and The Children’s Society want social workers to have more compulsory training on how to deal with alcohol abuse within families. Their report estimates 2.6m children live with a parent whose drinking could lead to neglect. Recent research suggested that one third of social workers had received no training on alcohol or drugs, and of the remainder, half had received three hours or less.