We work in many different areas to produce good practice resources and develop networks of peer support

Current projects

Child to Parent Abuse Project

Funded by Comic Relief, Adfam is running a project working with and supporting adults affected by Child to Parent Abuse perpetrated by a substance misusing child.

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) Project

This Big Lottery funded project is being run until 2017 in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care and will support families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through alcohol or drug use.

Relationship Realities: couple relationships project

Adfam is working together with OnePlusOne to create an audio resource that tells the stories of a number of couples affected by alcohol and drug use in their families, the effect on their relationship and tips for other couples going through similar experiences.

Family Recovery Champions - Royal Borough of Greenwich

This Big Lottery funded project provides family members with training, resources and support to become visible Family Recovery Champions; inspiring others to make positive changes in their lives and redress the negative impact of drug and alcohol use in their families and communities.

Older carers

This City Bridge Trust funded project will engage older people (aged 55+) in London who support someone because of drug, medication or alcohol problems to co-design and deliver networks of peer support to other older people.

Recovery Partnership

The Recovery Partnership was formed in May 2011 by DrugScope, the Recovery Group UK and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium to provide a new collective voice for the substance misuse sector. In 2015-16, Adfam will continue much of the excellent work carried out by DrugScope under the Recovery Partnership banner.

Opioid substitution treatment and risks to children

Adfam is working to educate policy-makers, practitioners and service users about the risks posed to children by commonly used drug treatment medications, in light of a number of tragic incidents.

Past projects

Peterborough Kinship Care support service

Adfam is running a pilot project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to support kinship carers affected by the criminal justice system. The service provides one-to-one practical and emotional support to those caring for a family member's child whose parent is in HMP Peterborough, or living in Peterborough and otherwise involved in the criminal justice system.

Drug education and prevention

Adfam was a partner in the ADEPIS programme, providing information and resources on drug education and prevention.

Bouncing Back! Prevention programme

This project centred around preventative work with drug using parents and their children, and also produced a learning pack for resilience work with young people and their families.

Criminal justice work

Adfam's criminal justice services aim to reduce the potential for substance related harm to prisoners, families and the wider community and to improve the potential for successful rehabilitation following a substance users release from custody.

Domestic violence

Adfam has conducted two projects with AVA's Stella Project exploring the relationship between substance misuse and domestic violence.

Grandparent carers

The Grandparent Carers project looked at existing services in London and developed new ways of supporting grandparents who were bringing up their grandchildren because of parental substance misuse.

Including diverse families

Men, people in rural communities and those from minority ethnic backgrounds are under represented in the drug and alcohol family support sector. Including Diverse Families is a now completed three-year project which examines, and provides guidance and training around, this underdeveloped area.

Outcome measurement in family support

Adfam piloted a system of outcome measurement in a number of family support services. The aim is to help services measure the change that happens as a result of their work with families and better demonstrate the results they achieve.

Somali development

This project ran from 2006-09 and examined ways of engaging London's Somali community around issues of drugs and alcohol. The final report is available as a free download.

Workforce development

This Department of Health funded project, as part of the Drug Sector Partnership, aimed to examine workforce issues relating to family support in terms of key competencies, role profiles and qualifications.

Young offenders and their families

Adfam worked alongside RAPt to provide workshops and support for the families of substance using residents at Feltham Young Offenders Institution. This three-year project supported families and offenders to prepare for life after release, improve family relationships and reduce offending behaviour.