NEARLY 50 children were taken into care last year due to their parents’ drug or alcohol problems.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council took responsibility for 302 youngsters in 2014/15, with parental substance abuse being one of the main reasons for the intervention.
Thirty-one children were taken into care because of their mum or dad’s drug addiction, while alcoholism was the primary factor in another 14 cases. Three more children were taken into care because of their own substance issues.
But the most common reason for children entering the care system in Stoke-on-Trent was neglect, which was the sole factor in 59 cases. Abuse, either physical, sexual or emotional, accounted for 45 cases.