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Charities and confidential advice
There are a number of charities and organisations who will be able to help with help and advice for both children and parents.


Adfam is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol and is a leading agency in substance related family work. They provide a range of publications and resources for families about substances and criminal justice and operate an online message board and database of local support groups that helps families hear about and talk to people who understand their situation.

Abelour Child Care Trust

Aberlour works in Scotland with and for children, young people and families who need additional support, to promote their development and well being. It is of the very few agencies in Scotland working directly with the children affected by problematic parental drug use and has had involvement with more than 370 children from within this vulnerable group in the last eighteen months.

Turning Point

Turning Point is a leading social care charity working across the areas of substance misuse, mental health and learning disability. Last year we had contact with almost 100,000 people through projects in 200 locations across England and Wales.

Turning Point's Base 10 project in Leeds has produced a guide for drugs workers and other professionals containing 64 pages of advice and practical exercises on working with the children of substance misusing parents.

The guide was put together by a team of young people in that situation themselves, with support from Turning Point staff and covers issues such as dealing with feelings of guilt and isolation, the impact on family members and practical tips around nutrition and healthy eating.

Copies are available free of charge (small post and packing charge) by emailing with your name, organisation, address and contact telephone number.

The Children's Society

The Children's Society seeks to ensure that whatever disadvantages a child faces they still have a real chance in life. It claims to look at the world through the eyes of children, and never flinch from what it sees and seeks to understand what is bottled up inside.


Frank is the government's free and confidential drugs helpline. It features detailed advice on the different types of drugs, gives advice on what to do if you think you have a problem or you suspect someone you know has a problem.

FRANK helpline: 0800 77 66 00
FRANK textphone number: 0800 917 8765


DrugScope is the UK's leading independent centre of expertise on drugs. The aim is to inform policy development and reduce drug-related risk. We provide quality drug information, promote effective responses to drug taking, undertake research at local, national and international levels, advise on policy-making, encourage informed debate and speak for our member organisations working on the ground. DrugScope is supported by a variety of organisations, including Government, EU, Trusts and Foundations.

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