Working together to address alcohol misuse

Up to 20% of the population of Cambridgeshire are thought to be drinking above government health guidelines. The Council is committed to working with a wide range of partner agencies to help reduce harm from alcohol. As part of this the Council offers the following:


Access to training is available to help professionals identify and provide appropriate advice around alcohol misuse. This is called Identification and Brief Advice Training (IBA) and is provided by Inclusion and the Council themselves.

The Alcohol Learning Centre also offers on line IBA training modules which can be accessed at: Alcohol Learning Centre

Joint work with GPs and local hospitals

Inclusion is commissioned to work closely with GPs and local hospitals. A key aspect of this is the alcohol Locally Enhanced Service (LES). As part of this service the Council and Inclusion help to fund training for GPs and also offer incentives to GPs who work with Inclusion to undertake alcohol detoxes in the community. If GPs or health care workers are interested in finding out more about this please contact:

Substance Misuse Training in Cambridgeshire

  1. Identification and Brief Advice Training (IBA) is provided by Inclusion and the CCC DAAT. Delivered via CCC Adult Workforce Development Team. Free of charge. Duration: 3 hours.

To book:

This is a combined course for both children’s and adults. All staff working in Adult Social Care and any organisation in Cambridgeshire who may come into contact with individuals who may be drinking alcohol at levels harmful to their health.

Course Aim: To help professionals identify those individuals whose drinking might be impacting on their health and to respond through the delivery of simple, brief, structured advice.

The training uses internationally recognised and simple to use Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice tools approved by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

Participants will: Be able to identify those drinking above lower risk levels – Give simple brief advice – Be able to make referrals to appropriate services.

  1. New Psychoactive Substances Training is provided by Inclusion/CASUS/Cambridgeshire Constabulary Drugs Experts, delivered through the LSCB or directly by specialist treatment services. Free of charge.

To book

The NPS training looks to explore these new substances, discussing their use, effects, local knowledge and ways to reduce harm in a safeguarding context.

This two hour session is primarily for those professionals (statutory and voluntary) who either work predominately or who have regular contact with individuals who are using New Psychoactive Substances.

Inclusion deliver bespoke training to professionals in Cambridgeshire including:

·         Drug and Alcohol Awareness
·         New psychoactive Substances (NPS)
·         Overdose Awareness
·         Overdose Prevention
·         Overdose Emergency
For more information please contact Lucas Oliver on 0300 5550101 or email

Inclusion recommend the following e-learning packages which are not specific to Cambridgeshire


Alcohol Learning centre

The Alcohol Learning Centre offers on line IBA training modules which can be accessed at link below, but it’s not specific to Cambridgeshire:


Birmingham Drug and Alcohol E-learning course

Birmingham Public Health Team have developed this E-learning to enable learners: – to increase the knowledge and awareness of legal & illegal drugs – to support those who may be affected by legal & illegal drugs

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Re-Solv: Solvents Awareness Training

The popularity of VSA among young people also means that youth workers, educators and care-providers would also benefit from a good understanding of VSA.

Re-Solv’s e-learning package will:

  • give you the information you need about VSA
  • help you recognise signs and symptoms
  • increase your understanding of the motivations behind this form of substance abuse
  • consider VSA in the broader context of poly-substance use
  • explore how communities can respond effectively to instances of VSA

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Workforce Development – Parental Substance Misuse pathway

The Cambridgeshire Safeguarding Children with Drug & Alcohol Misusing Parents/Carers Offer


The Cambridgeshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Cambridgeshire County Council and the LSCB (The Partnership) recognise that not every case of children with drug and alcohol misusing parents/carers (parental substance misuse) needs the same response – varying degrees and types of support are needed from different organisations depending on the circumstances of the individual child(ren), parents and carers and the extended family. Prevention is also important, offering children support will help to break the intergenerational cycle of substance dependence and help children to overcome other vulnerabilities.

This Workforce Development pathway outlines the recommended training pathways for staff within Cambridgeshire and has been approved by Cambridgeshire LSCB.

This pathway uses the levels of the model of staged intervention (MOSI) and staff are encouraged to identify the level of training most appropriate to their job role.

Courses can be booked via: for Workforce Development Team courses for LSCB training


Alcohol and Substance misuse pathway

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Children and Young People with Emerging Needs – that can be met within the universal services such as schools, Health and the voluntary and community sector. Children and Young People with Additional Needs – who require a more targeted approach from additional services on top of

universal provision to meet their needs.

Children and Young People with Complex Needs – who require professional intervention from more than one agency Children and Young People with Severe Needs/Protection – whose needs are complex and enduring and cross many domains.
·         IBA (Identification Brief Advice) offered by LSCB, Inclusion and CCC Workforce Development Team

·         Basic drug and alcohol training offered by LSCB

·         Level one Parental Substance Misuse E-Learning via link below

·         Noval Psychoactive Substances (NPS) offered by LSCB

Level 1 training highly recommended prior to undertaking level 2 training

·         Alcohol Foetal Syndrome offered via LSCB

·         Understanding the impact of Parental Substance Misuse on children (full day of blended learning – half a day E-learning (pre-session completion) and half a day group session) offered by CCC Workforce Development Team and LSCB

Level 1 and 2 training sessions are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED before further levels.


·         Understanding the implications of Parental Substance Misuse on practice (full day of blended learning – half a day E-learning (pre-session completion) and half a day group session) offered by CCC Workforce Development Team and LSCB

·         Workshops to be offered on specific topics – to be driven by local and national needs/research


Elearning links and further details

This link takes you to the contents page where there are 3 modules. The links below will take you to the specific modules for the identified levels. If you book onto the sessions at Levels 2 and 3/4, you will be sent specific instructions re accessing the elearning and information you will need to take to the taught session.

Level 1 – Understanding substance misuse

Level 2 – Understanding the Impact of Parental Substance Misuse

Level 3/4 – Implications for Children’s Social Care Practice


Guidance for professionals:

The Cambridgeshire Safeguarding Children with Drug & Alcohol Misusing Parents/Carers Offer


To support practice additional resources are available as outlined below ( taken from the  Cambridgeshire Safeguarding Children with Drug & Alcohol Misusing Parents/Carers Offer)

Although repeated assessments are not always necessary to move those affected from one level of support to another, risk to children in parental substance misuse cases is fluid and can escalate quickly. Practitioners must take into account the risk that the escalation of parental substance misuse poses and be prepared to revisit screening (Professional Support Pack available via (page 5)) and any appropriate assessments ( as the need arises.

Where an agency identifies a concern for a child within a family setting, a practitioner will need to assess this initial level of concern, the risk or likelihood of harm to the child and which aspects of the child’s development are being impacted upon or adversely affected. This assessment should focus on the impact upon the child as part of the family, rather than the adult’s drug or alcohol use, though it is important that the agency and professional agree to work in a ‘whole family’ way.

Professionals are encouraged to use the following resources which can be found at

  1. ‘You are not on your own’
  2. ‘Help me understand’ publications by the Children’s Society.,
  3. the Taylor Chart,
  4. the Roller Coaster of Change and
  5. Complicated Matters Toolkit

These publications will help professionals to determine the impact on children at different developmental stages.