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Working with the family

Addaction is one of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charities, with a long and proud history of helping people overcome their problems.

The vast majority have children, other family members and friends who are also affected by their substance misuse. It’s why we have a growing number of innovative services providing help and support to families and loved ones.

It’s an extremely effective way of working. Not least because it rebuilds relationships that our service users need to achieve lasting recovery.

And now Addaction can share its ‘Family focused’ approach with you, via our ‘First Steps’ programme.

Funded by the Department for Education, First Steps lets professionals working in early years settings develop their skills and knowledge around substance misuse – helping improve the support available to families affected by drug and alcohol problems.

What’s more, the training is completely free of charge.

How First Steps helps you

As part of their remit, Children’s Centres are being asked to re-focus their support towards vulnerable families with multiple problems.
First Steps shares Addaction’s specialist knowledge and experience. We developed it through a Learning Needs Analysis, overseen by Mairi-Ann Cullen and Stephen Cullen from Warwick University, and since it’s launch in May 2011, over 1000 Children’s Centre staff have signed up to receive training from our specialist team.

Yet we’d love to get more people signed up. All you have to do is get in touch (contact details are at the end of this newsletter), and a member of our team will organise a session for you and your colleagues.
Addaction is offering a range of training dates and will regularly update our website with details.

We are also happy to organise delivery of this training with individual Children’s Centres. If you’re interested to find out more then please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We’re also keen to continue building links with other external stakeholders across the country, such as strategic leads within Local Authorities – something that helps us lay the ground work for effective multi-agency working; essential to the overall success of the programme.

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