M-PACT - shortlisted in Children & Young People Now Awards
16 October 2012
The Charity's M-PACT Programme
(Moving Parents and Children Together)
has been shortlisted in Children & Young People Now awards in the "early intervention" and "family support" categories
Action on Addiction’s M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) programme has been shortlisted in two categories of this year’s Children & Young People Now Awards.
The Children & Young People Now Awards celebrate the great work that is improving the lives of children and young people in the UK. Nearly 400 entries were submitted this year, and M-PACT has made the shortlist for The Early Intervention Award and The Family Support Award.
The Early Intervention Award will be awarded to an initiative that has intervened early and most effectively with children or young people at risk from problems such as homelessness, crime, substance misuse, poor health or dropping out of education, and prevented the transmission of poor outcomes from one generation to the next.
The Family Support Award recognises the initiative or service that has done the most to support families in helping their children lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives safe from harm. The judges are looking in particular for work that has helped challenging or disadvantaged families.
The winners of the Children & Young People Now Awards will be announced at London’s Hurlingham Club on Thursday, 29 November.
Emma Cox, M-PACT UK Project Manager, said: “We are delighted that M-PACT has been recognised for the difference it can make to the lives of young people whose parents are struggling with addiction.
“Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict – it can have a devastating impact on those close to them, and children and young people are particularly vulnerable to this. By bringing whole families together to tackle addiction, M-PACT gives children a voice and has resulted in real change for the families we have worked with.
“We hope to see M-PACT rolled out in local authorities throughout the UK, and our nomination for these awards helps to establish M-PACT as a vital part of children’s and family services.”
M-PACT is an eight week intervention that takes a 'whole family' approach to tackling addiction, where different families come together once a week for group sessions. Children and parents work together and separately with four specially trained facilitators on a variety of activities and tasks. The M-PACT programme shows children of addicted parents that they are not alone and that their voice is important while strengthening family bonds and putting in place practical measures to avoid further harm.
For more information about the Children & Young People Now Awards 2012 and to see the full shortlist, please follow this link
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