This drugs & young people training course will help workers understand the types of drugs young people may take, patterns of use, effects on health and wellbeing and how to support and refer users to appropriate services.
This course covers the most commonly used drugs young people may use, including novel psychoactive substances (former legal highs), prescription medication (such as Xanax), cannabis and alcohol. It also covers issues such as ‘county lines’ and adolescent trauma. The course will help workers to identify symptoms, respond appropriately, and know when to refer to specialist services.
Aims and objectives
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Understand the different types of drugs young people use
Understand the effects on health and psychiatric issues
Provide appropriate and accurate advice and information to young people on drugs
Provide effective support and know when to refer to other services
Youth Offending Teams
Police Community Support Officers
Drug And Alcohol National Occupational Standards
AA1: Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
AB2: Support individuals who are substance users
HSC330: Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
AD1: Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects