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Kate Middleton Visits Charity Project Helping Families Cope With Addiction

The Duchess of Cambridge checked on the progress of the charity project she helped launch to help families coping with addiction.

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By Victoria Kim

07/02/14

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visited a London elementary school on Tuesday to observe progress on a charity project she launched to help families dealing with addiction.

The duchess met with project coordinators, school teachers, and counselors at the Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, North London to discuss how the program, which was launched in April 2013, has been progressing. Also present was British comedian John Bishop, her partner in the school-based project M-PACT Plus.

The program is a major initiative to provide early support for children, parents, and families affected by drug and alcohol misuse, and focuses on a partnership between Action on Addiction and Place2Be. An estimated three million children in the UK are living with parental drug and alcohol misuse.

The project is being piloted in four areas of England - Manchester and Salford, the North East, London, and Essex - with the goal of expanding the program to more schools in the future.

“The value of the program being based in schools is that it provides an opportunity to identify and address the problems early on before it reaches crisis point and importantly, provides a means for ongoing support for the children as well as their parents,” read an Action on Addiction press release.

Since the program’s launch last year, school staff at participating schools have been trained to better understand drug and alcohol abuse, helping to identify children affected by this and to initiate conversations with parents around these sensitive issues.

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