Parental drug and alcohol misuse is alarmingly high in the UK and affects up to 3 million children, 2.6 million of whom live with parents who drink hazardously; 705,000 of these are living with a dependant drinker and 350,000 children live with a problematic drug user.
I have just read this on the Children Society website and I find it hard to believe. However if it is true then why is it not somewhere near the top of the political agenda? Sixty years after the creation of the welfare state we seem to be no nearer creating a place fit for our whole population. Too many are being excluded for whatever reason.