[PDF] Silent Voices : supporting children and young people affected by parental alcohol misuse

Source:
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Publisher:
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Publication date:
01 September 2012

Abstract

This is a Rapid Evidence Assessment (RAE) of the needs and experiences of children and young people  where there is parental alcohol misuse (PAM). The review considers the following six research questions:

  • What is known about the experiences of children and families where there is PAM and to what extent is this informed by the views of children and young people themselves?
  • What are the key wider issues associated with PAM (e.g. unemployment, domestic abuse, mental health) and how do they relate to risk/protective factors for children and families?
  • What is known about protective factors and processes in this population and how they can minimise risk/negative outcomes?
  • What is known about services, and their delivery, and the impact/benefit of such services for children (and families) where there is PAM and to what extent is this informed by the views of children and young people themselves?
  • What is the current policy context for children and families where there is PAM and how might it be improved?
  • Thinking about questions 1 to 5 above, what are the gaps in our knowledge about children affected by PAM, and services for these children?

The review is primarily led by what we know from children’s direct input to research and policy development. The report focuses on publications covering England but also draws on work from elsewhere where it adds to our knowledge and is particularly pertinent to this review. Similarly, the emphasis is very much on parental alcohol misuse, but some studies and information from the wider field of substance misuse is also included.