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Reducing substance misuse among vulnerable children and young people overview

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These are the paths in the Reducing substance misuse among vulnerable children and young people pathway:

Reducing substance misuse among vulnerable children and young people HAI

About

What is covered

This pathway covers recommendations on how to intervene in community settings, such as schools and youth services, to identify and help vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people who may be misusing, or at risk of misusing, substances.
The recommendations are for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the education, voluntary, community, social care and youth and criminal justice sectors.

Updates

Updates to this pathway

18 August 2014 2014 Minor maintenance updates.
27 January 2014 Minor maintenance update.
2 January 2014 Minor maintenance update.
11 June 2013 Minor maintenance update.

Short Text

This pathway covers interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable young people.

What is covered

This pathway covers recommendations on how to intervene in community settings, such as schools and youth services, to identify and help vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people who may be misusing, or at risk of misusing, substances.
The recommendations are for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the education, voluntary, community, social care and youth and criminal justice sectors.

Updates

Updates to this pathway

18 August 2014 2014 Minor maintenance updates.
27 January 2014 Minor maintenance update.
2 January 2014 Minor maintenance update.
11 June 2013 Minor maintenance update.

Sources

NICE guidance

The NICE guidance that was used to create the pathway.

Quality standards

Quality statements

Effective interventions library

Effective interventions library

Successful effective interventions library details

Implementation

Commissioning

These resources include support for commissioners to plan for costs and savings of guidance implementation and meeting quality standards where they apply.
These resources will help to inform discussions with providers about the development of services and may include measurement and action planning tools.

Education and learning

NICE produces resources for individual practitioners, teams and those with a role in education to help improve and assess users' knowledge of relevant NICE guidance and its application in practice.

Pathway information

Supporting information

Who should take action?

Practitioners and others working in the NHS, local authorities and the education, voluntary, community, social care, youth and criminal justice sectors should take action. In schools this includes teachers, support staff, school nurses and governors.

Glossary

For the purposes of this pathway, substance misuse is defined as intoxication by – or regular excessive consumption of and/or dependence on – psychoactive substances, leading to social, psychological, physical or legal problems. It includes problematic use of both legal and illegal drugs (including alcohol when used in combination with other substances).
Vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people aged under 25 who are at risk of misusing substances include:
  • those whose family members misuse substances
  • those with behavioural, mental health or social problems
  • those excluded from school and truants
  • young offenders
  • looked-after children
  • those who are homeless
  • those involved in commercial sex work
  • those from some black and minority ethnic groups.

Paths in this pathway

Pathway created: December 2011 Last updated: August 2014

© NICE 2014

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