Pupils with alcoholic parents are ‘Britain’s biggest secret scandal’, MPs warn

The TES is reporting that politicians have launched a manifesto demanding that the government takes urgent steps to protect young victims of alcoholism.

Britain is facing a “secret scandal” over failings in the care of the country’s 2.5 million children who have alcoholic parents, a group of MPs and peers has said.

The all-parliamentary group, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said its research uncovered a “shocking picture of support for children of alcoholics”, including an apparent absence of strategies to deal with the issue and a dearth of funding in many areas.

The group urged the government to take urgent action to protect Britain’s “innocent victims of drink”, as it launched a manifesto at the House of Commons.

Led by Labour MP Liam Byrne, whose father fought addiction to alcohol, the group said it was time to break the “cycle of alcoholism cascading down the generations”.

“We have to break the cycle of this terrible disease – and that starts by breaking the silence around Britain’s biggest secret scandal,” the manifesto states.

One in five children in the UK lives with a parent who drinks too much, according to the group. This equates to more than 2.5 million children.

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