Families affected by addiction need support


New research published by Corra Foundation shows it is important to recognise the time it takes to build relationships with families

26th March 2020 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Funders need to recognise and respect the time it takes charities to meaningfully build relationships with those affected by drugs and alcohol.

Corra Foundation has launched its latest research Connections are Key – Unlocking the Heart of Relationship-Based Practice.

The study explores what helps and hinders compassionate relationships within support for children and families affected by drugs and alcohol.

The report calls on funders and commissioners to recognise the importance of long term, secure funding for services to allow them to deliver relational approaches and to do this well. It also highlights the need for a shift in culture within services so that compassionate care is at the core of practice. This includes nurturing relationships between staff across agencies and sectors, so that everyone involved in supporting those affected by drugs and alcohol feels enabled to develop trust, kindness and care with families.

Corra deputy chief executive Carolyn Sawers said: “We’re deeply grateful to all the families and practitioners who shared their thoughts with us as part of this research. What they said showed just how crucial relationships are. Every connection matters; Whether that is within families, between a practitioner and the family, or between workers.

“People were clear that a child is best supported when a parent is also receiving good quality support. As each family member will have different needs, it critical that each person is supported in the right way for them. This means that good relationships throughout the whole, complex system of support for a family are essential.

“We look forward to sharing the report and to having conversations with others about how to put the recommendations into practice.”