Reducing substance misuse among vulnerable children and young people

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

Introduction

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.

Source guidance

The NICE guidance that was used to create the pathway.

Quality standards

Quality statements

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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

Updates to this pathway

27 January 2014 Minor maintenance update.
2 January 2014 Minor maintenance update.
11 June 2013 Minor maintenance update.

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.

Reducing substance misuse among vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people

Reducing substance misuse among vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people

Substance misuse

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).

Strategy, policy and commissioning to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable or disadvantaged children and young people aged under 25

Strategy, policy and commissioning to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable or disadvantaged children and young people aged under 25

Strategy, policy and commissioning to reduce substance misuse among under-25s who are vulnerable or disadvantaged

Local partnerships should develop and implement a strategy to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people aged under 25, as part of a local agreement. This strategy should be:
  • based on a local profile of the target population developed in conjunction with the regional public health observatory. The profile should include their age, factors that make them vulnerable and other locally agreed characteristics
  • supported by a local service model that defines the role of local agencies and practitioners, the referral criteria and referral pathways.

Source guidance

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Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people aged under 25 to reduce substance misuse

View the 'Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people' path

Preventing misuse of alcohol

View the 'Alcohol-use disorders overview' path

Preventing the uptake of smoking among children and young people or helping them to quit

View the 'Smoking prevention and cessation in schools' path

Paths in this pathway

Pathway created: December 2011 Last updated: January 2014

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