Kirsty and Ailsa’s story
Tuesday 17 February 2009
Both physical and sexual abuse have direct links to parental drinking. And mum or dad being out of it for much of the time can lead to children suffering physical and emotional neglect.
Kirsty (9) and Ailsa's (5) mother was a heavy drinker. All their lives they had been shunted between their mum's friends and relatives when she was drinking heavily and couldn't look after them.
Because of her neglect, Kirsty and Ailsa were at risk of being taken into care. However, a social worker referred the family to the local CHILDREN 1ST service which organised a family group meeting. This brought all the extended family together to discuss what was best for Kirsty and Ailsa.
It was decided that the girls would stay with an aunt who could give them the stability they so desperately craved. Contact with their mum was arranged but would take place only when she was sober.
Kirsty and Ailsa are now living permanently with their aunt. They see their mum regularly and are secure knowing where they live and with whom.
We know that children feel happiest when they are cared for by their own family. That's why we make sure their relatives are always given the opportunity to care for them.
Many family members can fall out or lose contact. But our family group meetings bring them together to find a solution that is always in the best interests of the child.
Last updated: Thursday 19 February 2009