Good personal and social skills include: making and acting on accurate judgements about risk, decision making, negotiating, and managing influences and pressures. Developing the right skills is crucial, as even with the best information young people cannot use it if they do not have well-developed personal and social skills. Taking risks and testing boundaries is an important part of growing up. For many, risk-taking is a way of finding out who they are and who they want to be as well as part of the process of developing their own boundaries and values (Lynch and Blake 2004). 
We need to understand risk within the context of young people’s lives and recognise that for them the perceived benefits may outweigh the potential health risks. For example, to a young person, the benefit gained from stealing a pair of trainers may outweigh the risk of getting caught. Emphasising the development young people’s skills of risk assessment (emotional and physical costs and benefits) and risk management are needed to enable them to think about, understand and manage the risks they take. 
Some young people are particularly vulnerable to negative risk-taking, such as, substance misuse, as a result of difficult life experiences including: socio-economic disadvantage, poor experience of public care, low self-esteem, sexual abuse or exploitation, exclusion from school and involvement with the youth justice system. Although many vulnerable young people appear knowledgeable and confident the reality is often quite different. They need additional and probably targeted education and support to help develop self-esteem and respect for themselves and others.

We must look beyond the immediate behaviours and understand the reasons why young people take use drugs, and use this understanding to inform the development of effective education, services and support.This course is aimed at all practitioners working with children, young people and families and it will be particularly valuable for those working with drugs and alcohol.

 Course Overview

  • Defining drug and alcohol use and misuse
  • Recognise the range of reasons for drug use
  • Physiological and psychological effects of drugs
  • Drug and alcohol related harm
  • Examine attitudes to substance misuse and those who misuse
  • Discuss signs and symptoms
  • Explore common myths around alcohol
  • Allocate drugs to categories
  • Discuss services available


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Trainer:Charlotte Gordon
Duration:One Day

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