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M-PACT (Moving Parents And Children Together)

If you would like to find out more about the M-PACT programme and how attending can benefit families and children living with parental substance misuse, then please click on the above video link

Anywhere between 1.5 and 3 million children live in homes where their parents or other adults have problems with alcohol and/or drugs. These children live chaotic and unsafe lives. They are seven times more likely to develop problems themselves in later life with substance misuse, mental health, educational attainment or offending.
Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) allows children to talk about their feelings and experiences, with their parents, in a safe environment. For some, this could be the first time a parent realises how deeply their children are affected by their addiction.

Independent evaluation has shown that Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) can lead to improvements for children in:

  • School behaviour, engagement and attendance;
  • Dietary habits and physical hygiene;
  • Relationships, self-esteem and anxiety levels; and
  • Offending behaviour.
Benefits can also be seen on the wider family including:
  • The reduction in parental substance misuse;
  • The removal of child protection plans/proceedings;
  • More family engagement with welfare and support services; and
  • Improvements in family communication.
The programme comprises 10 sessions – an individual family assessment, followed by eight consecutive weekly sessions that last 2.5 hours, and a family review session – followed by a reunion, held three months after the end of the programme.

Such is the demand for Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT), Action on Addiction has made M-PACT available, under Licence across the UK.  The M-PACT manual, together with the accredited M-PACT training course enables agencies and their staff to deliver M-PACT programmes in their area. 
Click on the following links to read the evaluation results of the pilot programmes M-PACT Evaluation 2007 and the results from programmes run by Action on Addiction across the UK during 2006-2011 and 2012-2015.
If you would like to find out more about delivering M-PACT in your area, please call For Families on: 01747 832 015 or email us on:

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