MORE than 3,000 children living in Tallaght are at risk of being seriously affected by parental substance misuse in the home, a new body of research has revealed.
Commissioned by the Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Task Force and funded by Barnardos, the new research estimates the number of children of parents who misuse substances, including alcohol – with the research finding that as many as 15 per cent of children in the local community are at risk of being impacted on by illegal drug misuse.
In addition, the research, called Next Generation, revealed that almost one child is known to be potentially affected for every problem drug-user.
The research, undertaken by Karen Galligan and Catherine Comiskey of Trinity College, was carried out in line with Tallaght being a current learning site for the development of hidden harm practice guidelines, with work currently underway to identify and support children at risk.
Source: Mary Dennehy, The Echo.ie, 18/04/17