Substance Misuse Workers assist the YOT in ensuring that a comprehensive substance misuse care package is available for children and young people at risk of offending, reoffending and causing anti social behaviour. Research shows that evidence of substance misuse is higher among those children and young people involved in the Criminal Justice system.
YOTS use ASSET for the initial screening and assessment and may follow up with additional specialist screening and assessment tools to further identify any substance misuse needs and the interventions required. This process would need to reflect how a young person’s behaviour may expose them to risk which may be psychological or physical harm, the safety of the young person and offending.
Substance Misuse Worker responsibilities may include
Candidates would require a Social Care qualification and experience of working with substance misuse services and young people with substance misuse needs.