The impact of drug and alcohol abuse on adolescents can be profound.  As research emerges on the addictive properties of cannabis and as the plethora of NPS (Legal Highs) available explodes around us, increasingly,  young people face the severe adverse consequences of substance use.

The profile of young people being Looked After and Accommodated has been changing for a number of years as more and more young people face family breakdowns as a consequence of substance misuse.  Increasingly staff who work within the Social Care and Voluntary sector are now working with young people who misuse substances, and/or are affected by parental addiction.  The consequential harm that this has on the young person is difficult to assess but as it states within the policy driver Hidden Harm, it is unlikely that any will escape unharmed.

As a service provider, workforce development will never be far from your radar, and these questions are just some that have been raised by service managers within your sector:

  • How do I  best deal with referrals that require a skilled practitioner to work with a substance misusing adolescent?
  • How do I train my staff on policy and procedures demonstrating best practice when handling substance misusing youths?
  • How to I ensure that all of my staff know exactly what to do in the event of a young person “going over”.
  • How do I evidence to Social Work and concerned others that their young person is being worked with by a specialist skilled practitioner who is competent in evidence based practice?
  • How can I help my young person work through any associated emotional wellbeing problems?
  • What is the best pathway to take when attempting family reunification after substance misuse?

Youth Interventions can offer you solutions for any of these concerns that your organisation might have.

We can write and deliver your Drug & Alcohol Policy & Procedures Document, and offer Drug & Alcohol training to ensure that your staff are competent in its implementation.

Youth Interventions Staff Training will ensure that staff:

  1. Know about the different TYPES of drugs and how they affect the young person both psychologically and physiologically
  2. Be aware of emerging drug trends and NPS’s (legal highs)
  3. Have a degree of understanding of the different reasons for drug use, levels of use and potential consequences thereafter
  4. Have examined and defined the concepts of “Harm Reduction” and “Abstinence” and have explored the likelihood of these objectives.
  5. Are aware of how to reduce harm and deal with an Over The Top scenario.
  6. Understand the links between substance misuse and trauma
  7. Are confident working with young people and their family who are affected by substance misuse.

Call us for a friendly chat to discuss how we can best meet your organisational needs: 07799952937