Children's voices. Experiences and perceptions of European children on drug and alcohol issues


The purpose of this paper is to give meaning and insight into some of the key drug and alcohol issues that affect children from the perspectives of the children themselves. It is not to estimate the relative magnitude of a specific drug or alcohol problem or the numbers of children affected by it. Each section of this paper is preceded by one or two key statistics and whilst the quotations that follow may highlight a need to develop more robust and detailed statistics on a key issue, the overriding objective is to give the children a voice.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Living with parents with drug or alcohol problems
  • Children looked after by relatives, foster carers and institutions
  • Children’s experiences and perceptions of alcohol and drug consumption
  • Children’s perceptions about alcohol and drug interventions
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Quotation sources