The Steps to Cope project has been set up in partnership with ASCERT, Barnardos, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, and The UK Alcohol, Drugs and The Family Research Group, and has been funded by The Big Lottery for 4 years.
The Steps to Cope project offers support to children aged 11 to 18 experiencing harmful effects of parental alcohol misuse. This can range from parents that misuse alcohol one or two nights a week to parents that have an addiction to alcohol. While this project is focused on parental alcohol misuse, we also understand that for many young people and families, alcohol use does not exist in isolation, and can often be in addition to mental health issues, or other substance use, and the service is keen to support young people in these circumstances also.
Steps to Cope is a brief intervention model aimed at following five steps:
- Listening to the service user story about what life is like for them.
- Giving information on Alcohol and drugs misuse, addiction and mental health.
- Looking at how they currently cope.
- Identifying the strengths and supports they have.
- Looking at further support and referrals on.
There are several parts to the project.
- A interactive website supporting service users,
- Direct service user support
- Training of practitioners in the Steps to Cope model