Websites and other organisations

This section of the website details websites, organisatoins and other resources that may be of interest, either on a general level or within your own country (specific written materials are available here). We also suggest that you visit your national website or key organisations within your country or the EU if you require more specific or detailed information.

You can use the menu below to explore the national organisations in detail.

ENCARE Toolkit is a support tool for anyone who wants to build a website aimed at the children of parents with alcohol problems.

We will publish here details of the ENCARE publication as soon as we can. Proceedings from the May 2004 Symposium can be found by following the link from the ENCARE website home page.


Eurocare is the European Council for Alcohol Research Rehabilitation and Education. Formed in 1990 it is an alliance of voluntary and non-governmental organisations representing a diversity of views and cultural attitudes: and concerned with the impact of the European Union on alcohol policy in Member States.

European Gateway on alcohol, drugs and addictions. Managed by the EC funded Elisad project. For more general information about alcohol rather than specifically related to children and families.

COFACE is the Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Community, an organisation that aims to fight for the rights of families across the EU in the context of European policy.

WHO Alcohol Action Plan (produced by the World Health Organisation)

WHO web page on Prevention of child maltreatment

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Declaration on Young People and Alcohol

FASAELU (European website for FAS-preoblems)

National websites

Many of the national websites for each ENCARE member country are under development. Details will be posted here as soon as they become available. In the meantime we suggest that you see if the key organisations within your own country can help you with the information that you want.


Austrian national ENCARE website.


Finnish national ENCARE website (Fragile Childhood).


The German national ENCARE website.


The Irish national ENCARE website.


Dutch national ENCARE website (


IDT (Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodependência/Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction) - is the Portuguese partner to ENCARE and is primarily focused on the use and abuse of illegal drugs. It has a section about alcohol legislation and will soon have a section for "young people", providing information on drugs and another section on "useful tips" for the youth.

United Kingdom

The UK ENCARE partners (at the Mental Health Research & Development Unit in Bath) have recently been successful in getting some funding from the Alcohol Education and Research Council to set-up the UK ENCARE website. It is hoped that this website will start to become available towards the end of 2004. In the meantime feel free to contact the UK partners with any queries that you may have.

Key organisations in the EU

For each ENCARE country, details of key organisations that may be useful in terms of getting advice and information in this area.


The website of the organisation of one of the Austrian ENCARE partners can be accessed by clicking here.

Onysos-Chat is a chat-room for young people available via a website for young people.

Anton-Proksch-Institute (API), Mackgasse 7-11, A-1237, Vienna, Austria.

Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Addiction Research (LBISucht) at the Anton- Proksch-Institute (API).

Alcohol Coordination and Information Center of the Anton-Proksch-Institute in Cooperation with the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute (AKIS).

Belgium (for children of parents with an alcohol problem - note that this site is under construction and will be online later in 2004) (Flemish version of Al-Anon / Al-Ateen) (a Flemish organisation that deals with alcohol and other drug problems)

Bubbels and Babbels is an initiative in Antwerp that aims to offer help to addicts, their children, and professionals who work with or come into contact with these groups. Information is also provided on the use of a case management approach with these groups.

Other useful sites include: (a site for the children of parents with psychological problems) (a site for the children of parents with drug problems)


The Danish National Institute of Social Research has a website (click here) to support the children of parents with mental health problems. Whilst not directly related to alcohol, this website may still contain useful information.


A-Clinic Foundation - the main Finnish substance treatment organisation.

The Fragile Childhood project - a prevention, training, treatment and research campaign which attracts attention to the situation of the children in alcohol families.

Federation of Child and Mother Homes and Shelters – a child protection NGO dealing specifically with domestic violence and parental problems.


French Alcohology Society


Katholische Fachhochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen: Kidkit : "Hilfe für Kinder, wenn Eltern suechtig sind" mit Info-Ecke, Hilfe-Ecke, Laber-Ecke und Freundes-Ecke. Mit Informationen fuer Jugendliche und Erwachsene. (e-mail counselling for children)

Kinder Suchtkranker: Informationen zu Gruppenangebot "Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen aus Familien Suchtkranker" vom Freundeskreis für Suchtkrankenhilfe" mit vielen interessanten Links.

Other websites that may be helpful are: This is the German site for the National Association for the Children of Alcoholics. (further details will be written about this website as soon as possible). (further details will be written about this website as soon as possible). (further details will be written about this website as soon as possible).


Drug Awareness Programme Crosscare (the Irish ENCARE partner).

The Child Abuse Prevention Programme (CAPP) aims to prevent child abuse and bullying by providing training for teachers and parents of primary school children and by developing safety skills education programmes for primary school aged children.

Barnados (Ireland) is the leading independent agency for children and families, committed to the best interests of children and young people in Ireland.

ISPCC is the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; primarily a child protection agency. There are a range of national and regional services and campaigns. The ISPCC also conducts research and offers training.

Lifeline is an organisation that helps people who use drugs (including alcohol) and their families.

The Best Health for Children project was established by the Chief Executive Officers of all the Health Boards under the National Conjoint Child Health Committee. The project seeks to facilitate Health Boards in developing services and programmes that have a focus on improving the health of children in Ireland.


The website of the Italian ENCARE partners at Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II can be accessed by clicking here and the partners in AUSL Reggio Emilia by clicking here. is the Italian Alcoholics Anonymous website.

Romacivica is a general website about alcohol problems and contains details of and links to other organisations.

Alcolonline is a site that aims to offer a discussion forum for those working in the alcohol field, as well as other useful information.

Spaziogiovani is a website that offers web-counselling and advice and information to young people about a range of issues, including alcohol.

Another general website that contains general information on alcohol and alcohol problems can be found by clicking here


Centre de prevention des toxicomanies.


The Trimbos Institute - the Netherlands institute of mental health and addiction.

AIAR - the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research.

The drankjewel website is an initiative of Trimbos. It is for children (12-18) and adult children (18+) who have a parent with an alcohol problem.

Kindertelefoon is a Dutch free national helpline for children and young people aged 8-19. Information is available on a wide range of topics.

NIGZ - the Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Promotion. Their site gives information about alcohol, alcohol use and the national alcohol campaign. The site is for professionals, intermediaries and the public.

There are about 16 regional institutions for addiction in the Netherlands. Details can be found on the drankjewel website (click on link above).

KIPIZIVERO - is a Dutch national campaign.

Several of the regional institutes for addiction care offer group interventions for children of parents with alcohol problems. These include:

Tactus, Jellinek,Parnassia,Kentron,CAD Limburg.


IDT (Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodependência/Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction) - is the Portuguese partner to ENCARE and is primarily focused on the use and abuse of illegal drugs. It has a section about alcohol legislation and will soon have a section for "young people", providing information on drugs and another section on "useful tips" for the youth.

Centro Regional de Alcoologia do Norte (CRAN)/ Northern Alcoholism Regional Center

Centro Regional de Alcoologia do Centro - Maria Lucília Mercês de Melo (CRAC)/ Center Alcoholism Regional Center

Centro Regional de Alcoologia do Sul (CRAS)/ Southern Alcoholism Regional Center

These are the three Portuguese Alcoholism Regional Centres, which are Regional Health Services. The Centres' main targets are to reduce the prevalence of alcohol related problems, through prevention, treatment and coordination of it's activities with Health Regional Administrations, Health Centres, Psychiatric Hospitals, Mental Health Centers, General Practitioners Institutes as well as other Institutions devoted to the health and well being in the community.

Sociedade Anti-Alcoólica Portuguesa (SAAP)/ Anti-Alcoholic Portuguese Society is a private institution for social solidarity in activity since 1967. It's a non-governmental organization for the prevention of alcohol related problems and support to the alcoholics in recovering stages. The SAAP its one the oldest Portuguese organizations, being also a founder/member of  Eurocare. The site is available in Portuguese and in English.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Alcoologia aims to bring together experts and professionals in the alcohol field, seeking to develop measures to study and to tackle alcohol related problems, to promote and support investigation, to edit a magazine, to cooperate within prevention actions, to organize Meetings, Symposiums and Congresses.

Direcção Geral de Saúde is the Portugese Ministry of Health.

Cruz Azul/ Blue Cross develops educational resources and interventions aiming at the needs of specific target groups. It has been supported by IDT in order to develop primary prevention projects (related to illegal drugs) and is committed to build a support centre aimed to accompany individuals with alcohol related problems, as well as there families and children. In Portugal, its goals are to prevent alcohol related problems, to treat and reinsert the victims, to tackle problems related to other legal and illegal drugs and to develop special programs aimed at the youth through expert departments.

Instituto da Solidariedade e Segurança Social is a state institute. There are District Centres distributed through out the Country. These District Centres develop the "Child and Family Support Project"/ " Projecto de Apoio à Criança e à Família" (PAFAC) with teams in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Évora e Faro ; this project has "Precocious Intervention Teams" / " Equipas de Intervenção Precoce" which work with children aged 0-6 and their families; it has an emergency helpline (Linha de Emergência - Criança Maltratada) which has several teams throughout the country; according to this helpline, many of the contacts are made by people who are seeking help to solve their alcohol related problems. There is also another helpline Linha SOS Criança (+351.21 793 16 17). Another emergency helpline is the Linha de Emergência Social (144) and it is responsible for attending and directing the emergency situations to the district teams.

Comissão Nacional de Protecção das Crianças e Jovens em Risco - national entity devoted to the protection of all those who are under the age of 18 and are considered to be at risk. The Underage Protection Committee/ Comissão de Protecção de Menores was created and legislated by the Dec. Lei number 189/91 of May the 17th, and its President is Drª Dulce Rocha. Because there aren't, in Portugal, specific care institutions devoted to help and support the Children of Alcoholics, the children who are considered to be at risk in some way are mainly referred by these Committees to the nearer available and more general care institutions.

Anonymous Alcoholics in Portugal is the official website of the Portuguese AA General Administrative Services Council. A linked site is the Portuguese Language Speaking Anonymous Alcoholics.

Instituto de Apoio à Criança (IAC) has the Emergency Helpline - SOSO Criança (+351.21.793.16.17), working from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Recados da Criança is another helpline (+351.800.20.66.56) from the Provedoria de Justiça.

Região Autónoma da Madeira: in this Portuguese Archipelago, there is the Direcção Regional de Planeamento e Saúde Pública, a state organisation supervised by the Secretaria Regional dos Assuntos Sociais whose mission is to promote the health and life quality of the population; it is responsible for the Health Regional Plan/ Plano Regional de Saúde which includes a chapter on the Excessive Alcohol Consumption and another on the Illegal Drug Consumption. There is also the Serviço Regional de Prevenção da Toxicodependência, another state organisation which is supervised by the Gabinete da Secretaria Regional dos Assuntos Sociais, and its mission it to coordinate and execute the Political measures related to the problematic of Drug addiction as well as to promote and supervise the execution of the Regional Plan Against Drug and Drug Addiction/ Plano Regional de Luta Contra a Droga e a Toxicodependência; it has around four Intervention Projects aimed at Children who come from risky families environments. In Madeira Island there are also other non-government organisations that tackle family environments considered to be health hazardous, such as Associação Anti-Alcoólica da Madeira (it is part of EUROCARE ) Casa de Saúde Câmara Pestana ( Rua do Lazareto, 125, 9060 - 021 Funchal, Telefone: 291 790 700, Fax: 291 793 577, Email: ), Irmãs Hospitaleiras do Sagrado Coração de Jesus (Centro de Reabilitação Psicopedagógica da Sagrada Família: Caminho da Penteada, n.º 48 - S. Roque - Funchal. Tel. 291705830); Centro de Alcoologia Ricardo Pampuri: Casa de Saúde S. João de Deus Funchal.

Região Autónoma dos Açores - In this Portuguese Archipelago there are no Public Health Institutions whose specific aim is to protect children that live in risky family environments due to the abuse of psychoactive substances. However, the situations that are identified are studied in order to decide what might be the best way to intervene. In the three existing Hospitals there are Psychiatric Services, and there are also four Casas de Saúde/ Health Homes in two islands (Psychiatric Service of the Hospital Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira island; Psychiatric Service of the Hospital Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel island; Psychiatric Service of the Hospital da Horta, Faial.island, Casa de Saúde de S. Miguel and Casa de Saúde de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, both in the S. Miguel Island; Casa de Saúde de São Rafael and Casa de Saúde do Espírito Santo, both in Terceira island).

Spain (more specific organisations are marked with a '*')

Alcoholicos Anonimos (AA). Av. de Alemania, no 9, 3o izq. Aviles. Tel: 985.56.63.45. Fax: 985.56.65.43. Aptdo correos 170.33400 Aviles (Asturias).

* Al-Anon / Alateen (grupos de familia). C/Rector Ubach, 24 - 08021 - Barcelona. Aptdo. Correos 406 - 08080 - Barcelona. Tal y Fax:

Delegacion del Gobierno para el Plan Nacional sobre Drogas (DGPNsD): C/Recoletos, 22 - 28071 - Madrid. Tel: 91.537.27.83 - Tel. de informacion al ciudadano: 900.15.00.00 / 902.16.15.15.

* Familias Anonimas (Associacon Famanon - Espana). Aptdo. Correos 332. 11080 - Cadiz. Tel: 667.36.83.56.

Federacion de Alcoholicos Rehabilitados de Espana (FARE). Pza. de los Mostenses, 7, 3o B - 28015 - Madrid. Tel: 91.541.32.79 / 91.335.32.79, Fax: 91.559.18.88.

Federacion Andaluza de Alcoholicos Rehabilitados.

Federacion Catalana de Alcoholicos Rehabilitados.

Fundacion de Ayuda contra la Drogadiccion (FAD) Av. de Burgos, 1 y 3, 28036 - Madrid. Tel: 91.383.80.00. Fax: 91.302.69.79. Linea 24 horas: 900.16.15.15.

* Instituto para el Estudio de las Adicciones (Generalitat Valenciana) ( ( ( (specific information page for children in families with alcohol problems).

* Socidrogalcohol (Sociedad espanola de estudios sobre el alcohol, el alcoholismo y las otras toxicomanias). C/ Via Augusta, 229, bajos - 08034 - Barcelona. Tel: Fax: 93.414.75.88.

Sociedad Espanola de Toxicomanias (SET). C/ Numancia, 207, bajos - 08034 - Barcelona. Tel: /

Telefono de Atencion al Menor - Espana (undacion ANAR): 900.20.20.10 (24 horas).


Department of Clinical Alcohol Research, Lund University, Malmo University Hospital.

United Kingdom

Alcohol Concern - The national agency on alcohol misuse, working to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems. Provides information and encourages debate on the wide range of public policy issues affected by alcohol; including public health, housing, children and families, crime and licensing. Support service providers helping to tackle alcohol problems at a local level, whilst also working to influence national alcohol policy.

Childline - Free confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call our helpline on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time - day or night.

NSPCC - National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children. Whilst not dealing wholly or directly with alcohol misuse within the family, the NSPCC is is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children, and hence may be an appropriate resource for your enquiry. There are a range of national and regional services and campaigns. The NSPCC also conducts research and offers training.

The Isle of Man Alcohol Advisory Service has a good website that includes sections called 'Does Mum or Dad Drink too Much' and 'Help for the Family'.

Adfam is a national charity that aims to help families affected by drug and alcohol problems. Some of the leaflets that Adfam produces may be of use to children, families and professionals.

Alcohol East is a leading substance misuse charity that primarily covers East London. Its website includes a link to help for children and families.

The Alcohol Problems Advisory Service in Nottingham also includes a link to help for children and families.

CAFADS (Child and Family Alcohol and Drugs Service) is part of Tower Hamlets Alcohol Service, which itself is part of Rubgy House (located in London).

Other Resources

These are listed by topic.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FAS Info - A UK based Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Website

FAS Stichting is the Dutch Foundation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome giving practical advice for parents, teachers and social workers.

FetalAlcohol - A Canadian based network that provides information, support and education for families, professionals and the broader community around prevention and intervention issues pertaining to alcohol related birth defects, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other disabilities caused by drug use during pregnancy.

Some further information on FAS is available through the New Orleans School of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre - click here to go the website.

Domestic Violence

A key organisation in the UK is Women's Aid. This does not provide specific information on the link between domestic violence and substance misuse, but may nonetheless provide some useful information.

The Finnish website Nettiturvakoti ("Net Shelter"), upkept by the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, provides a lot of useful information and help in Finnish.