Early intervention programmes to support vulnerable groups of children aged 8-15 years that have parents with addiction problems, mental health issues and/or do not receive the necessary parental support and/or supervision.
These calls are in alignment with the 2013-2020 EU Strategy directing early intervention and harm prevention from addictive substances. Based on the EU Strategy for substance dependency 2013-2020 the need for targeted programmes that have vulnerable children (i.e. children of parents with addiction problems, siblings of addicts, children of imprisoned parents) as target groups has been established. It has been demonstrated that this particular group does not receive appropriate support in order to prevent further negative consequences, resulting in further social exclusion. The Prevention Division of the National Strategy prioritises support to vulnerable groups in the prevention of drug use and provides programs targeting these high risk areas.