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Project information

CoreKids - Mobile

CoreKids mobile interventions will engage directly with children and families experiencing substance misuse in Wandsworth. We are concerned with starting to build recovery capital from the point of abstinence and making it sustainable by engaging with the whole family.

May 2011 - May 2014

Charity information: Westminster Drug Project

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  • Need


    Being a child of a substance misusing parent can mean a lonely and chaotic life. Mum and Dad may not be there when you need them, you may have no friends and going to school is a burden because its you who has to care for Mum or Dad at home. It is estimated that there are 350,000 children affected by parental drug use and 2.6 million affected by problematic parental alcohol use in the UK. These children are unlikely to achieve positive outcomes because of parental disengagement.


    Our 3 year pilots showed that whilst the support received helped improve parenting skills and increased parents’ understanding of how substance misuse affected children, we need to meet the challenge of engaging directly with children and other family members at suitable times and venues.
    To meet this need, we will hire a Mobile Parenting Practitioner to deliver mobile family interventions 2 days per week, both in 1-2-1 and group settings in Wandsworth.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that Parents and carers who come through the programme become more effective parents.


    » Run regular 1-2-1 parenting support sessions which include: -effective boundary setting -effective communication
    » Run regular parenting support groups.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 80% of parents improving parenting skills and achieving improvement in boundary setting and emotional bonds and 70% of children achieving increased resilience.

  • Impact


    The project will a) improve relationships and communication throughout the family b) enable parents to achieve long-term abstinence.
    In conjunction with Bath University Mental Health Research and Development Unit, we have developed an outcome measurement tool and satisfaction questionnaire. They were piloted in CoreKids projects from October 2009. This tool measures social functioning, resilience and emotional wellbeing in children and young people; and changes in parenting.


    There is a risk that parents will relapse-we are dealing with this risk by building the recovery capital (family networks and relationships) and hence by making recovery sustainable.


    Funders of this project will receive a 6 month narrative report via e-mail explaining how we perform against the set aims and a shorter bi-monthly update detailing past and future activities, challenges and how with ongoing evaluation, we will improve the outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,260

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,800 Salary-parenting practitioner Parenting support worker will deliver the mobile support sessions
      £4,300 Salary PM 0.1 FTE PM is the CoreKids service manager and will manage and parenting worker
      £8,160 Client Travel costs/on costs Client travel costs to access the interventions/on costs
  • Background


    Wandsworth and the surrounding area-the borough has relatively high indices of deprivation reaching over 50% in some areas. CoreKids Wandsworth is a parenting support service set up in recognition of a gap in service provision for parents with substance misuse issues in that borough


    At least 40 local Wandsworth parents will go through the programme
    At least 30 of these parents will access parenting support
    At least 35 children will be targeted indirectly through parenting support given to their parents.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CoreKids Wandsworth parenting programme has been a success to date-over 15 parents have benefited from it and over 40 children have benefited indirectly between April 09 and March 10. The mobile aspect of CoreKids will allow us to make a greater impact on children within substance misusing families. To the best of our knowledge the mobile provision involving interventions for the whole family is not offered by other similar providers in this area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ms Lisa Sturrock

    Has operational responsibilities for the current service and will line manage the Parenting Support worker.