- Obtain a state of the art with regard to the situation of children affected by parental alcohol problems;
- Collect comprehensive data of the psychological and physiological state of health of affected children and adolescents;
- Do research on the general health-economic consequences of parental alcohol problems;
- Develop a manual containing best practice examples and suggestions for a more effective work with affected children;
- Build and fortify national networks;
- Conduct trainings for professionals working with affected children and/or their parents;
- Collect policy examples and generate suggestions for improved political strategies
Target groups: Professionals working with children
Duration: August 2007 – July 2010
Coordinator: Catholic University of Applied Sciences North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne, Germany
Financier: European Commission, Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection
More info Project coordinator Axel Budde
Mission and vision
The mission and vision of the project is to prevent and reduce harm inflicted to children and adolescents caused by familial alcohol problems. Special attention will hereby be given to health inequalities as one serious consequence for affected children and adolescents.
It is ChAPAPs´ overall goal and task to prevent or reduce any given negative health consequences for children and adolescents caused by parental alcohol problems. In order to achieve this goal, we will first establish a state-of-the-art about the situation of affected children in all participating EU-countries. In addition, comprehensive data of the psychological and physiological state of health of children and adolescents affected by parental alcohol problems will be collected. Various different studies already point out that children and adolescents in families affected by alcoholism often suffer from psychological disorders such as depressions, anxiety- and personality disorders, that they are more often victims of abuse (physically, psychologically and sexually) and that they have a higher tendency to develop an alcohol addiction themselves. The general health-economic consequences of parental alcohol problems will also be studied in the participating EU-countries.
In order to improve the capabilities of professionals working with affected children and adolescents and/or their parents, sustainable national networks will be built and fortified. Furthermore, in this project a manual containing best practice examples and suggestions for different ways of conduct for the work with children in affected families will be developed. This manual is designed to reach especially those specialists from the various different EU countries who so far have only been able to gather few experiences within this particular field. In addition to this, specialised training units will be offered. These training units are supposed to develop the competence and abilities of the specialists further in order to be more prepared in their daily work for dealing with affected children in a more sufficient manner in the future so that these children can be supported more specifically according to their needs.
It is another task of ChAPAPs to gather policy examples from the different EU-countries and to generate suggestions for improved political strategies to ensure that appropriate support can be given to affected children and adolescents from a higher level as well. The basic idea of these practically oriented plans is the thought that especially those countries which so far have only little expertise in the field of “children affected by parental alcohol problems” can and should profit from the partially comprehensive knowledge of other countries.
Prof. Dr. Michael Klein
Mr Axel Budde
Ms Diana Moesgen