Schools liaison workers (Tendring and Colchester localities)
What we do
The schools liaison workers deliver the work of EYPDAS to schools in the locality, providing assessments, information and planned interventions around substance use. The workers support children and young people within the education system with identified substance use needs, or who are vulnerable to substance use, to develop skills, knowledge and self-confidence to enable them to make informed choices and respond to issues that affect them.
How we do it
Drug and alcohol sessions are delivered to pupils (mainly in school years 5-9) through personal social and health education sessions (PSHE), assemblies, drop-in sessions, displays, one-to-one work, small group work sessions and parents evenings.
The schools liaison workers are happy to be consulted about any concerns regarding a particular pupil either through their own involvement with substances or alcohol, or that of a family member.
All of the sessions are developed in consultation with the school and delivered in ways that best meet the needs of the audience/young people. The schools liaison workers work in partnership with their locality voluntary and statutory agencies to ensure the projects development and good working relationships.
The team promote the use of the EYPDAS school referral forms with staff in all schools in the Tendring and Colchester localities. Referral forms are available electronically or as a paper copy and can be completed by anyone who has concerns. The young person must consent to the form being completed and must be made aware of what our service is about and how we can help them.
Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service
114 Springfield Road
Phone: 01245 493311
Fax: 01245 491400