A 22-year-old woman from north-east Scotland, whose childhood was scarred by a drug-dependent and violent father, is encouraging children of addicted parents to speak out.
‘Lucy’, who has to remain anonymous for legal reasons, saw her dad go down a road of heavy drug and alcohol abuse, which sometimes led to dangerous outbursts.
‘I saw things that no child should ever see,’ says Lucy.
‘My mum would get kicked and spat on, and I often had to hide my sister under the bed while running out for help from neighbours.
'I have memories of my dad not being right and found myself in really confusing situations that I knew were wrong.’
For her Fixers campaign, Lucy has helped create a leaflet to inform teachers and other professionals about some of the signs of child neglect and domestic abuse to spot.
‘I love how it turned out and I'm very proud of what we’ve done,’ she says.
‘It was really hard to do as it can be really upsetting revisiting the really sad times, but I’m so glad I did it.
‘Getting the opportunity to create something positive from something so awful was amazing.’
The Fixer, who recalls being taken to strange places so her dad could satisfy his drug addiction, says the experiences of her childhood will be hard to erase.
‘I remember going to houses that I now know were drug dens, being left outside for hours wondering when my dad would come back out and take me home.
‘Or being taken inside and seeing people who were also "not right" and feeling scared and confused.
‘I’m still scared of bumping into these people. I hate being reminded of those days.’
Lucy’s leaflet will be distributed in primary schools and nurseries around the Inverness area.
She adds: ‘The project is really important to me as I don’t want any other child to experience what I did. I really want professionals to read the leaflet and never discount something just as normal behaviour.'
You can view Lucy’s leaflet, 'Helping Children of Addicted Parents', by clicking the image below.