Parenting our Children,
Addressing Risk.

It is a programme for parents who
have problems with drugs and/or alcohol. The programme offers an opportunity to discuss the connection between substance misuse and parenting and to consider how one affects the other.

What is POCAR?

POCAR stands for Parenting Our Children Addressing Risk. It is a programme for parents who have problems with drugs and/or alcohol. The programme offers an opportunity to discuss the connection between substance misuse and parenting and to consider how one affects the other.

POCAR provides support around both substance misuse and parenting. The programme has two strands: one for men and one for women.

Why POCAR?

Most people who access POCAR are referred to the service because a health or social care professional thinks that drugs or alcohol are affecting their parenting. Some people attend POCAR because they are required to as part of a court order.

This section contains all the information that you need to make an informed choice about taking part in POCAR.

POCAR Women’s Programme.

The women’s programme is held at Oasis Project, a specialist treatment service for women. Oasis is based at 11 Richmond Place, Brighton.The programme runs for 16 weeks and is for women only.

The programme includes group work around goal setting, relapse prevention, relationship support/self-esteem, parenting programmes and creative activities. Everyone also has one-to-one keywork sessions with an individual worker alongside additional activities such as peer support and acupuncture.

The programme operates over five days, each group work session is for two hours, and we fit everyone’s timetable to meet with their needs and other commitments. We work with women with varying degrees of substance misuse and can work towards abstinence or harm reduction.

We also have Young Oasis, which offers counselling support and group activities for young people affected by substance misuse in the family. Within Young Oasis, we offer BOPpers for women with children under 3 to spend time in our creche being creative and playing with their children, building on attachment and confidence in play.

Once the 16 week programme is completed, we offer women a place on one of our Phase 2 groups for further support.

POCAR Men’s Programme.

The men’s programme takes place across two locations: Keywork sessions take place at 3 Globe House, Morley Street and group work takes place at Pavilions, Richmond House, Richmond Road.

As well as helping you to recover from alcohol or drug misuse this programme provides support for you as a parent. The programme runs for 16 weeks and provides practical tools and techniques to support your development as a parent. The programme comprises one keywork session a week and one parenting group a week. We can also signpost you to other groups and services that run across the city.

Men’s POCAR includes:

  • What type of parent are you? Different styles of parenting.
  • Being a Dad.
  • What do children really need?
  • Meeting children’s emotional needs.
  • Developing emotional security.
  • Loving limits.
  • Keeping children safe.
  • Your emotional well-being.
  • Food and fitness.
  • Teen zone.
  • Good enough parenting.
  • The effects of substance misuse on children.

We also have a ‘stay and play’ group for men with children below school age, which takes place at our creche on Morley Street and offers a space for Dads to have supervised contact with their children.

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or make a referral.

We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, so we really know what works. We see everyone as an individual, and make sure we can get them the right help at the right time.