Worried about your parent or guardian?
Usually everything that is talked about is kept private and confidential between the staff of the service and your family. The only time they would need to tell someone else is if you or someone else is not safe so that Children’s Services can work with your parents to make things safer for you or the other person. Wherever possible, they would let you know before they spoke to anyone else.
We know that it can be a worrying time if your parent or guardian is using drugs and alcohol problematically but we are here to support you and your family. We can help to reduce the effect of a parent’s alcohol and drug use on your and your family’s life. Below are some frequently asked questions which you might find useful.
Download this Emergency Factsheet to find out what to do if someone has overdosed, appears to be unconscious or has had a bad reaction to any drug.
If someone is in immediate danger dial 999
Can my parent stop using drugs or alcohol?
Is it my fault that my parent is drinking too much or taking drugs?
What can I do to stop my parent from drinking or using drugs?
If I talk to someone about my parent’s alcohol or drug use, will I get my parents in trouble?
We know that you may be worried you will get your parents into trouble so you keep their alcohol or drug use a secret. If you are in this situation it is normal to feel worried, frightened, angry or sad and you might not have anybody to talk to. It is important for you to talk to an adult you trust so you can get support. Insight is here to help you and there are also services that can help your parents too. Services are here to help, not to get parents into trouble.