Derby Family Drug and Alcohol Safeguarding Service

Derby Family Drug and Alcohol Safeguarding Service

We deliver support to families and partners affected by another person’s substance use. Our service supports you to reduce alcohol or drug use and its associated impact on yourself, your family and your community and to move you towards a drug free recovery.

We deliver support to young people aged 10-18 affected by a parent/carers alcohol or drug use.
Find out more about our Choices Programme here.

Find out more about our different programme offers below:

Are you living with someone or are affected by someone who is misusing alcohol or drugs?

Is this having an impact on you physical or emotional health?

Aquarius Affected Family Member Team provide 1:1 support to adult family members to explore the problems you are facing and how this affects you and to build insight and awareness to support looking at ways of responding and developing coping strategies around the impact of substance misuse.

Peer Support

This service provides the opportunity to build connections with other people affected by similar experiences through peer support groups, increasing sources of positive support and social networks.

How can we help?
  • 1:1 sessions via face to face, telephone, or video call
  • Kinship Carer groups
  • Affected Family member groups

To refer to the Affected Family Member Support please complete this referral form and email it to

  • We offer advice, information and support about drug and alcohol misuse and how this can impact on children and families.
  • We support parents to make changes in their substance use.
  • We talk to other professionals who are supporting you to ensure you have the support you need.
  • We support the resilience of adults and young people so they can cope and help the alcohol or drug user to make changes where appropriate.
  • We usually meet with a family for weekly support sessions for about an hour. Some sessions will be for the whole family, some for children and family members on their own.

To refer to our Family Service please complete this form and email

Download our Family service leaflet here for more information.

We are offering both virtual and classroom based courses to any parent/carer in Derby.

All courses are free of charge and aimed to give clients a sound understanding of parenting and managing behaviour. Each course is 6 sessions based on one a week and includes:

  • Basic Principles of Human Behaviour
  • Stages of Development Learnt Behaviour
  • Nature vs Nurture
  • Managing Challenging Behaviours
  • Building Child and Parent Relationships
  • Online Safety

If you would like more information please complete the attached referral form and contact us on

Eligibility for this programme is identified through Derby City Children’s Social Care and in line with Child Protection procedures. You cannot refer yourself to this support.

This targeted programme of support has been developed alongside children’s social care to support families who are at risk of entering the Care system and struggling to make the relevant changes required to achieve whole family recovery.

Following a comprehensive assessment process including all family members eligible parents are engaged in a 13 week programme of intensive intervention around topics such as drug and alcohol awareness, reducing parental conflict, building resilience and protective factors to improve outcomes for all family members.

We provide support for family members in their own right as well as support for the person using drugs or alcohol. This service is for people living within the city of Derby.

Please complete the relevant referral form and email