Alcohol-free Childhood Action Network
Alcohol-free Childhood Action Network (ACAN) is a forum for all those with a passion for reducing the harm to children that comes from the alcohol use of others, the marketing and social pressures to drink and the impact of becoming a drinker at an early age.
The Scottish Government will be consulting on alcohol marketing restrictions in 2020 and this will be an initial focus for the network.
Children have a right to be protected from harmful substances and to be supported to make healthy life choices. ACAN members will join the ranks of the unfearties!
ACAN members come from a variety of backgrounds, public health and health promotion; children’s rights advocates; child, family and carer support organisations; teaching, peer support and community education; social and youth work; health visiting; addictions services and research.
The First Meeting of ACAN
On 5 December 2019 thirty likeminded people from public health, research and third sector health organisations met to scope out the potential for this new action network. A short report is being prepared for January 2020 and current members are being consulted on the terms of reference of the group.
Here are the presentations from the first meeting:
Parental drinking in Scotland, Dec 2019: a report of findings from a survey and expert enquiry into parental drinking carried out in 2017.
Children's Parliament Investigates: an alcohol-free childhood, September 2019. How P6 and P7 children perceive the impact of alcohol on their lives.