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Reducing harm and building capacities for children affected by parental alcohol problems in Europe [ChAPAPs] [2006327] - Project
General objectives

The overall aim of the project is to prevent harm done to children and adolescents caused by the alcohol problems of their parents, with special attention given to health inequalities as one serious consequence for children affected by parental alcohol problems (ChAPAPs).

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

The project will contribute to the mental health of children and adolescents and to the reduction of health inequalities by addressing the harm caused by familial alcohol problems.

Methods and means

The project will: establish a sustainable EU-wide network of experts; establish a transnational system of documentation of health inequalities and its harmful consequences correlated with familial alcoholism problems resulting in ‘country reports’ for each participating country; conduct empirical research on the psychosocial (mental) and medical impact of familial alcohol problems on affected children as well as on the socio- and health-economic impact of harm caused by health inequalities through familial alcohol problems; elaborate manuals and
guidelines to facilitate the work of experts, practitioners and policymakers; develop EU-wide strategies to reduce and avoid the harm done to affected children’s health; build the capacities in countries with no or little experience concerning children affected by parental alcohol problems; change ineffective or inappropriate policies in order to improve the situation and overall health of affected children.

Expected outcomes period

The project will:
provide empirical data on the situation of children and adolescents affected by parental alcohol problems with a special focus on health inequalities;
develop best practice manuals and recommendations to facilitate the work of professionals working with children affected by parental alcohol problems;
provide recommendations for necessary changes to be made in policies and introduce positive modifications in various policy areas, especially in those countries where an improvement of the situation is necessary;
contribute to capacity building in European countries where there is not much awareness or support for the health problems of children affected by parental alcohol problems.

Start date: 01/07/2007
End date: 01/07/2010
Duration: 36 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
EC Contribution: € 687 203,00