Holding Families+ work with children and families of alcohol and substance dependent parents who are in prison. The service is delivered across Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Salford and Trafford. The project works with mothers in HMP Styal and fathers in HMP Forest Bank to provide pre and post release support.
The service recognises the multiple and complex needs of such parents, children and families and why alcohol (and other substances) may have been used previously. It aims to improve emotional and mental health and reduce family conflict to improve children and family outcomes in the short term and intergenerationally. Holding Families+ is a whole family approach which recognises the differing individual needs and aspirations of all family members.