Children's Services

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.

Catch 22 provides specialist advice and consultation to school staff on substance misuse management issues. Catch 22 also works with individual pupils, usually between the ages of 10 and 16, who may be engaged in substance misuse.

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.