Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

More Children in Care Are Turning to Drink and Drugs

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

More Children in Care Are Turning to Drink and Drugs

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ONE in 12 children living in care in Manchester has a drug or alcohol problem, figures show.

Charities say vulnerable youngsters are more likely to turn to illicit substances and drink to deal with hardship.

Data released by the Department of Education (DFE) shows that of the 900-plus youngsters in care in the city, nine per cent have fallen victim to substance abuse. That is more than double the national average of 4 per cent.

Mentor UK works to prevent substance misuse among under-18s.

Chief executive Michael O'Toole said: "Many young people have emotional and social problems, such as self-harming, offending or family issues. Vulnerable young people, including looked-after children and care leavers, are particularly at risk.

"There is growing evidence to show adverse childhood experiences, which may be linked to circumstances of care, are a risk factor in young people using drugs. …

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