Awareness of the problem

Public awareness of the problems faced by children whose mothers have used alcohol and drugs is growing, but there remains much that can be done to bring this to the forefront of public debate. A recent article by Gaby Hinsliff in The Observer is a signal of the fact that the debate is becoming more widespread, however there is still a long way to go.

Parents for Children aims, as an integral part of its Maternal Drug & Alcohol Project, to ensure that the risk to unborn children of female binge drinking, drug-taking, and smoking is more widely recognised, and to combat the resistance to this message.

We aim to make people aware that

  • the number of children affected by maternal use of alcohol and drugs is increasing
  • drinking during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, increases the risk of miscarriage, restricted growth of the child, or serious developmental problems
  • foetal alcohol and drugs can affect the basic structure of the child's brain and the way it processes information
  • there is no known cure
  • with the increasing number of children affected, there is an increasing need for carers who are willing and able to care for these especially vulnerable children
Parents for Children would very much like to hear from you if you feel you can contribute to our campaign to raise awareness of this important issue. Please contact Jacky Gordon, Development Manager at: [email protected] or on 020 7520 2881.