Drug and Alcohol Services for Young People
Drug and Alcohol Services are commissioned and overseen by the Council’s Children’s Services Directorate and are funded by Public Health within the Health and Adult Services Directorate.
- The general drug and alcohol education and harm reduction programme is delivered the School Nursing Service (part of the Public Health Nursing Service). There are four key points in a child or young person’s life when we find out how they are doing by asking them to complete Health Reviews. They are completed at age 10 to 11, 13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 18. We use the information that is gained to help build their resilience, self-esteem and confidence; to improve mental health and wellbeing and prevent the escalation of risky behaviours in adolescents. The Youth Audit C screening tool is completed by young people aged 15 to16 and 17 to18.
- The specialist service provider is Addaction. Young people aged 10-19 (up to 25 for SEND and CLA) can access Youngaddaction Greenwich by referring themselves or by being referred by their parent/carer, a friend, another family member or a professional.
Resilience Programme: information, advice and guidance
This is a drugs and alcohol education package is delivered in partnership with the Amy Winehouse Foundation and targets children aged 12 to 13 (Year 8) in Greenwich Secondary Schools. The packaged includes information and advice to parents, a training package for teachers, assemblies and workshop sessions. Young people identified as requiring specialist help are either referred to the Skills 4 Change or the 12-week treatment programmes.
Resilience Programme: Skills 4 Change
This is a 6-week brief intervention programme for young people whose drug or alcohol use is becoming more frequent and risky in the context of other vulnerabilities. There are up to 48 individuals supported each year.
12-Week Structured Treatment Programme
This is a 12-week treatment programme for young people who have problematic drug or alcohol misuse, however, are not considered dependant users. Support is offered to families and carers where the young person’s substance misuse is having a negative impact on them. Drug practitioners work in partnership with key teams within children’s services such as Early Help, Housing and Education; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and A&E; Youth Offending Service and Safeguarding and Social Care. There are up to 80 individuals in the programme at any one time.
Possession With Intent To Supply (PWiTS)
This is for young people who are known to the criminal justice system as a result of drug dealing offences. The aim is to educate, challenge and support their understanding of the impact of drug dealing behaviour on themselves, their families and the wider community to reduce the risk of reoffending. Up to eight young people can attend the group at one time.
3. Parental Substance Misuse Coordinator
Works with and supports families with parental substance misuse issues.
4. Workforce Development Programme
The training for professional who support young people aged 10 to 19 (up to 25 for SEND or CLA). On completion of the course professional will feel confident; able to identify substance misuse among vulnerable young people; have difficult conversations and know how to respond appropriately when a young person does not consent to a treatment programme.
Who to contact
Where to go
- The Point
1st Point Central Access
47 Woolwich New Road
- Age Ranges
- 10-19 (up to 25 for SEND and CLA)
- Referral required
- Referral Details
The specialist service provider is Addaction. Young people aged 10-19 (up to 25 for SEND and CLA) can access Youngaddaction Greenwich by referring themselves or by being referred by their parent/carer, a friend, another family member or a professional.
For further details contact Martin Holmes (YoungAddaction Manager) Tel: 0208 921 2062
The Central Access Point for Youngaddaction Greenwich is:
For further details contact Heather Sinclair-Constance (Commissioner of Young People’s Substance Misuse Services) Tel: 020 8921 6975 email: email@example.com