Our summer blog is a guest post from Alcohol Focus Scotland describing a new toolkit for children and families affected by alcohol.


Alcohol Focus Scotland launched its new C.H.A.T. (Children Harmed by Alcohol Toolkit) in Glasgow recently. Developed in consultation with a range of practitioners, C.H.A.T. aims to provide a range of tools that can be used with children and families affected by alcohol misuse.

Building on our existing Oh Lila, Rory and ADAM resources, C.H.A.T. introduces new storybooks, puppets, games and activity sheets that can be used to build emotional intelligence and resilience and encourage communication in a safe and sensitive way. The topic of alcohol is introduced to younger children in the new ‘Eric, Lila and Wise Old Hare’ storybook, whilst ‘Rory 2: What happened next?’ provides materials that can help children and families explore the ups and downs of the recovery journey.

The toolkit has been piloted and evaluated in voluntary and public sector agencies across Scotland and has also been piloted and independently evaluated within community justice settings funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Key findings from the evaluation show that the resources can be used with children, young people and families and that the training enhanced employee awareness of alcohol harm, confidence to use the resources and provided valuable networking opportunities.

Alison Douglas, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland told us: “Harmful drinking can have a terrible impact on children and their families.

“Sadly, many children suffer in silence but the creative and practical resources we have developed can practitioners make a real difference to children’s lives. We hope that C.H.A.T. will be used in even more services across Scotland and reach the families who need support the most”.

Graham Wordie, children’s counsellor from DAPL in Fife, who took part in the pilot and evaluation, added: “This is a valuable resource that we have been using to help children referred to our service because of their mum or dad’s drinking.

“I feel that the toolkit enables children and young people to voice their concerns in a safe and non-judgmental way. They use the toolkit to understand their own feelings, which builds up trust and empowers them not to be afraid to ask the questions they need to.”

For more information about the C.H.A.T. resource and training visit www.chatresource.org.uk

Or contact Jane Wilson, Senior Learning and Development Coordinator on 0141 572 6598.

You can also read a further article from Alison Douglas, Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland about the resources and the wider issues of alcohol pricing, accessibility and promotions.



Read our previous blogs:

June 2016: A guest post from Chantelle Green, a Hidden Harm Worker at Insight Platform, Haringey, who writes about her work with families and children affected by substance misuse.

May 2016: Our May blog looks at the positive impacts of a national programme created to support young carers in schools.

April 2016: Catalyst write a guest post looking at a Family and Friends meeting and the support the organisation offers to those affected by another's substance use.

March 2016:  A guest post from Gloucestershire Young Carers focusing on Strength in Families - a project supporting young carers impacted by their parent's substance misuse and mental health issues.

February 2016: A focus on COA Week which aims to give a voice to the 1 in 5 children affected by their parents' drinking.

January 2016: We look at Str8 Up - a service catering for young people affected by their own substance use and that of others.

All 2015 blogs

December 2014 blog