CHHAT (Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team)


The Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team (CHHAT) is a project of The Children’s Society East, working with young carers across Essex aged 8-19 years who are affected by parental substance use (also known as Hidden Harm). Prior to working with CHHAT many of these young carers are hidden within society not accessing the support they need and deserve. Our work involves supporting these young carers in a variety of ways, to help them understand Hidden Harm, and begin to notice and express their feelings surrounding their individual experiences, building resilience and improving emotional wellbeing and safety. The type of support we offer is determined following our assessment including: * One to one support * Group work * Activity days * Liaising with professionals CHHAT is a county wide project across Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock). CHHAT can work with early intervention cases through to high intervention cases. However CHHAT cannot be used as a step down service and where other agencies are involved (in particular around safeguarding) we need referrals prior to closure. CHHAT works directly with young people aged 8-19 effected by parental substance misuse. This includes parental alcohol, illegal drug and legal drug misuse. Many of the young people working with CHHAT are young carers living with the parent who is misusing substances. However we also work with young people where there is historic parental substance misuse, or where the young person is no longer living with the parent misusing substances.


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Contact Details

Contact name

Referrals Administrator


01245 493311