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U-Turn - Young People's Substance Misuse Service

 

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What do we offer?

U-Turn is Swindon’s young people’s (10-18) specialist substance misuse service. U-Turn provides support, help and guidance to young people and their families for all drug or alcohol related problems. This includes illicit substances, solvents, prescribed medication as well as more established substances such as class A and B drugs.

We provide a free service that anyone can refer into and access, which will then provide a full assessment, cognitive-behavioural interventions, motivational interviewing and specialist prescribing.

In addition, U-Turn can also offer a Traded Service which provides expertise in education and prevention to groups and schools appropriate to all ages and levels of attainment.

U-Turn use the latest drug awareness resources in an engaging, innovative and flexible way that is mindful of individual experience, local influences and peer group behaviours, to challenge, educate and provide the right information to help young people make informed decisions.  

Why choose us?

U-Turn have access to the most up to date information on substance misuse trends such as the risks, myths and misunderstandings relating to the use of legal highs. Staff are highly trained, qualified and experienced and comply with CCQI Practice standards for young people with substance misuse problems.  

What is provided free?

The following is free to all schools and academies:

  • individual substance misuse assessments and interventions are provided free to all young people who access the service.
  • individual follow up referrals for service.
  • information advice and guidance for staff , teachers and other professionals.  

The following is free to LA maintained schools only:

  • drug awareness talks + lessons such as PSHE.
  • drop-in sessions to raise awareness and target problems or issues.
  • training and awareness for staff re substances and care pathways.
  • targeted small group work for vulnerable groups.

What is chargeable?  

There is a charge to all non-LA maintained schools for the following:

  • drug awareness talks + lessons such as PSHE.
  • drop-in sessions to raise awareness and target problems or issues.
  • training and awareness for staff re substances and care pathways.
  • targeted small group work for vulnerable groups.  

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

This service can be delivered on an ad hoc "pay as you go" basis.

Services can be provided as one-off training sessions, regular drop-ins, or as part of school curriculum e.g. PSHE classes, as well as for issues emerging or school health related events or programmes.  

 

Contact Point

Nicky Edwards, Operational Manager
Telephone:  01793 466492
E-mail:        nedwards3@swindon.gov.uk

 

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