Young Hackney’s Substance Misuse Service is an integrated service for Hackney and City residents aged 8-19 provided by Hackney Council.  It includes a strong prevention and education function, as well as an outreach service for those affected by substance misuse, either directly or because a family member is using drugs.

The service works with young people at Tiers 1, 2, and 3 of the four-tier framework for substance misuse treatment – universal and primary prevention is offered at Tier 1. In quarter one (Q1) of 2016/17, around half (54 out of 110) of the young people that the service worked with were accessing Tier 1 and Tier 2 services.

Smoking prevention outreach and education is provided by the new City and Hackney Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Service, working closely with the Young Hackney Substance Misuse Service.

In order to achieve this, the service will provide age-appropriate, impartial and non-judgemental outreach sessions to children and young people in primary and secondary schools and other youth settings. The services will also be responsible for leading on the development of locally-led health promotion campaigns, including smoking prevention, to be developed in partnership with the Council. Youth and treatment workers from Young Hackney’s Substance Misuse Service will also be trained to deliver smoking prevention sessions in primary and secondary schools, either as a stand-alone activity or as one element in a wide-ranging session covering different types of substance misuse and addiction.

In addition, four smoking prevention projects were awarded a Healthy Hackney Fund grant in 2015/16 (see Box 6). These projects are currently ongoing and learning from them will inform future plans for prevention activity in the borough.

Box 6: Smoking prevention projects accessible to girls and young women funded by the Healthy Hackney Fund, 2015/16

Chinese Community Centre – working in the Vietnamese and Chinese community with families and young people

Chain Reaction – delivering a theatre production and workshops to young people in six schools

YOH (Youth of Haggerston) working with children and young people associated with gangs, particularly in the Kurdish and Turkish communities

 

Adult stop smoking services in Hackney are delivered as part of Smokefree Hackney across a number of locations including pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centres, libraries, council buildings and GP surgeries.C

Stop smoking programmes in the City of London are run as part of the Square Mile Health initiative, which supports both residents and City workers.D Free and drop-in smoking cessation clinics in the City are available in Artizan Street Library, Barts Hospital and the Guildhall.

Notes

  1. See www.smokefreehackney.org
  2. See www.squaremilehealth.org.uk
  3. See www.smokefreehackney.org
  4. See www.squaremilehealth.org.uk