Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP) Referrals

FEDUP is for children aged between 5 and 12 years old who have a parent who is dependent on alcohol or drugs.

If there's more than one brother or sister in the family, we'll work with the child who is most in need of a service. This is assessed through a discussion with the parent and referrer to understand which child has been most affected. On completion of the group, the other siblings are offered the chance to receive the service.

To be eligible, parents must:

  • acknowledge their substance misuse
  • the impact their problem has on their family
  • demonstrate a responsiveness to change
  • be motivated and willing to take part in FEDUP.

Many of the parents involved will be on a substance misuse treatment programme although this isn't a requirement of the service.

The main carer is the focus for the parenting work, whether or not they are the substance user, but the aims is to include all adults involved in the care of the child, such as the other partner or other family members who take a primary care role.

How to get help from NSPCC services

Sometimes you may be referred to one of our services by someone who already helps you, like a midwife, social worker, teacher or children's centre worker. You can join some of our services yourself, simply by contacting us to see if a place is available.

If you think a service that is available in your area might help you and your family, get in touch to find out more.

Where FEDUP is available


02920 108080


0247 622 2456


01472 803 500




01782 958100

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