DrugAware boosts early intervention
Compass Nottingham Young People’s Service has reported a significant boost in referral levels since recruiting a further two Education Link Workers (ELW). Funding from the Crime & Drugs Partnership last summer has enabled Compass to add to their team and extend their services.
By using the DrugAware standard approach within schools, the Compass team in Nottingham has been able to identify substance misuse at a younger age. As well as this, a wider range of clients have been established who are under represented, in particular, females and those of an ethnic origin.
Ed-Link Worker Catherine Clements explained: “The two additional full time workers have not only brought new skills and knowledge to the Ed-Link but have also given us the opportunity to focus more methodically and consistently on our individual schools and specialisms.”
ELWs generate key contacts within each school – typically a teacher or mentor. Pupils can either refer themselves or are brought to the attention of Compass staff via teachers and support staff. ELWs promote their work through assemblies or events organised by the school. With Compass’ help, pupils and parents gain access to advice and support on any drug and alcohol issues.
Cluster Manager for Nottingham Young People’s Service Nina Crofts illustrated the positive outcomes of their work: “The first year the extra Ed-link workers came on board referral levels increased by 327%, most of which have translated in young people receiving treatment.
Nina added: “Nottingham YPS are working in partnership with the commissioner to try and secure further funding. We will continue to build on the great foundations and partnerships the extra funding has allowed us to initiate.”