Research and analysis
AMCD inquiry: 'Hidden harm' report on children of drug users
Report of the findings of the ACMD's inquiry on children of problem drug users in the UK.
This report sets out the findings of an inquiry carried out by the Advisory Council, focusing on children in the UK with a parent, parents or other guardian whose drug use has serious negative consequences for themselves and those around them.
The report sets out 48 recommendations and the following 6 key messages:
there are between 250,000 and 350,000 children of problem drug users in the UK - about 1 child for every problem drug user
parental problem drug use causes serious harm to children at every age from conception to adulthood
reducing the harm to children from parental problem drug use should become a main objective of policy and practice
effective treatment of the parent can have major benefits for the child
by working together, services can take many practical steps to protect and improve the health and well-being of affected children
the number of affected children is only likely decrease when the number of problem drug users decreases
Published 14 June 2011