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Substance misuse – parental and young person

Solihull Local Safeguarding Board use the following definintion of substance misuse in their Joint Services protocol re. Families and Children Affected by Substance Misuse:

Substance misuse is the use of or dependence on a substance leading to social, psychological, physical or legal effects that are detrimental to the individual or others. Substance use includes prescribed and non-prescribed, legal and illegal substances including alcohol.

 The following links and resources may be useful for schools when supporting familes for whom drugs and alcohol are an issue.

What to do when you suspect substance use in the classroom – This briefing paper is part of a series produced by Mentor-ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.

SIAS (link opens in new tab or page)

SIAS (Solihull Integrated Addiction Services) is a partnership of organisations – Welcome, The Bridge, Str8 Up, the Drug Intervention Programme (DIP) and Aquarius – which work closely together to offer easy access to support and treatment for anyone whose drug or alcohol use has become problematic.

Welcome (link opens in new tab or page)

Welcome is a registered charity and the access point for drug and alcohol treatment and support services in Solihull. They are a member of SIAS and work with families and carers as well as users of drugs and/or alcohol to help them take control of their lives.

Str8 Up (link opens in new tab or page)

The Str8 Up team works for Solihull Council. Team members provide a comprehensive and confidential treatment service for young people using drugs, alcohol or solvents. They also offer support for young people who are, or have been, affected by a parent’s or carer’s substance use. The service is free to young people who live in the borough of Solihull, or who attend a Solihull school.

Str8 Up accepts referrals from young people and families directly. Professionals can also make referrals using the Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST), which is available by downloading from the website link.

Stars National Initiative (link opens in new tab or page)

The Stars National Initiative describes itself as a hub of information, guidance and resources on parental drug and alcohol misuse, and the impact it has upon children and families.

Identifying and supporting children affected by substance misuse (link opens in new tab or page)

This resource has been developed for the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) by Adfam, the national umbrella organisation for those working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol, and is intended to be a useful tool to help schools in safeguarding their pupils.

Adfam (link opens in new tab or page)

Adfam provide support for families affected by drug and alcohol use. A number of the resources may be of use to schools including several that make links between domestic abuse and substance, including alcohol, misuse.