Alcohol and drugs
Alcohol and drug misuse in the home can constitute a serious risk to children. For example:
- it may expose them to domestic violence, inappropriate behaviour or unsuitable visitors to the home
- it may mean that the family's resources are being drained and there is inadequate food, heat or clothing for the children
- children may be put at risk as passengers in a car driven by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- it may mean that children have direct access to harmful substances.
Catch22 Hampshire 24/7 provides specialist advice and consultation to school staff on substance misuse management issues. Catch22 also provide specialist and targeted support to individual and groups of children and young people aged up to the age of 18, who are identified as being engaged in substance misuse. This support can be accessed both in an educational setting and in the community and a child or young person can be referred by someone else, or they can self-refer. Find out more about Catch22 Hampshire 24/7. Catch22 also offer free substance misuse training to any practitioner based in Hampshire who works with children and/or young people around their substance misuse, and a range of dates are available.
The Drug and Alcohol Action Team work in partnership with all those concerned in reducing the harm caused by substance misuse to individuals, their families and communities.
Most services are provided in the community, although some specialist services such as detoxification and intensive rehabilitation programmes are usually provided in an in-patient or residential setting. You can contact many organisations without being referred by your doctor.
There are a range of national 'Talk to Frank' drugs campaign materials that you can access free. To order these resources and see what is available, register with Home Office 'Tackling Drugs' Website via the following weblink: http://drugs.homeoffice.gov.uk/myprofile?view=Register&rcn=69516329115211201 and access the resources via http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/alcohol-drugs/drugs/frank/
The following national 'Know Your Limit's' alcohol leaflet can also be ordered free by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org:
Leaflet: 'How much is too much – under 25s' (Reference 277505)
To access free training on working with young people using substances contact Hampshire DAAT on 01962 826025.
Hampshire LSCB also offer training on safeguarding children whose parents are using alcohol/drugs or have mental health problems. Check out The Learning Zone for further information.