Reports April 2013

Working together to safeguard children: a guide to interagency working

This guidance (PDF) gives information on the requirements of services to safeguard children and provides a framework for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to monitor the effectiveness of local services in doing this | HM, UK

Out of Focus: how families are affected by alcohol use, and how they look for help (PDF)

In undertaking this research, Adfam spoke to families who had been affected by the problematic drinking of a loved one. The report examines the experiences of these families, finding that they often struggle to identify what constitutes a 'drinking problem', don't identify themselves as in need of support and can have negative experiences of seeking help | Adfam, UK

National Drug Control Budget (PDF)

In support of the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy (Strategy), the President requests $25.4 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to reduce drug use and its consequences in the United States. This represents an increase of $0.9 billion (3.7%) over the FY 2012 final level of $24.5 billion | White House, USA

DrugScope response – TUPE Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Regulations (PDF)

TUPE has been particularly relevant to the drug and alcohol sector, which has developed relatively recently from being largely comprised of small and local providers to being one where consolidation and merger have been more common | DrugScope, UK

First evidence on overall impact of welfare reform across Britain

New research (PDF) by Sheffield Hallam University documents for the first time the impact of the welfare reforms on local areas across the whole of Britain. Interactive map available here | Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Making the connection: Developing integrated approaches to domestic violence and substance misuse (PDF)

This is the final report of DrugScope/LDAN’s Domestic Violence project, which ran for four years and was funded by London Councils, and which focused on the development of a cross-sectoral network bringing together domestic violence and drug and alcohol services. The report presents the key learning from the project | DrugScope, UK

Independent review of The Drinkaware Trust (2006–2012) (PDF)

We are pleased to bring you this review of The Drinkaware Trust. We hope that this report will provide clear direction to the Trust as to how the Trust might optimise its activities | 23red, UK

Prevention services for minority ethnic groups explored

Today we are launching our latest publication in the field of prevention. ‘Drug prevention interventions targeting minority ethnic populations’ is a Thematic paper that comes as part of the agency’s monitoring of action 20 of the European Union drugs action plan 2009–12 on developing services for minority groups, including migrants | EMCDDA, Portugal

New and emerging drugs (PDF)

Magazine containing articles on many aspects of new and emerging drugs such as harm reduction, legislation, UK experience etc | Australian Drug Foundation, Australia

Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) National Report 2012

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is intended to serve as a monitoring system, identifying emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets | NDARC, Australia

Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific (PDF)

East Asia and the Pacific have experienced rapid economic and social changes during the past few decades and faced the considerable regulation challenges these changes create for public authorities. This report takes a look at the manner in which criminal enterprises have developed alongside legitimate commerce in recent years | UNODC, USA

Drug Seizures by Scottish Police Forces, 2011-12

This bulletin presents figures for drug seizures made by police forces in Scotland in 2011-12, as well as revised data for 2010-11. The statistics in this bulletin relate to drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which divides drugs into three classes A, B and C | Scottish Government, UK

RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol: Reducing Alcohol Health Harm (PDF)

High levels of alcohol consumption and a high prevalence of binge drinking, especially among young people, have serious health implications. These health implications range from alcoholic liver disease to increased risk of various forms of cancer. Alcohol misuse is also associated with family and social harms, and costs the state vast amounts of money and resources | RCPI, Ireland

Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy (PDF)

Some of the problems with our current drug policies stem from the fact that these policies have been largely bifurcated between two different and often contradictory approaches. One treats drug use as a crime that cannot be tolerated and should be punished; the other views addiction as a chronic relapsing health or behavioral condition requiring ongoing treatment and support | New York Academy of Medicine, USA

A drug policy for the 21st century

The Obama Administration’s plan to reduce drug use and its consequences—the National Drug Control Strategy—represents a 21st century approach to drug policy. This science-based plan, guided by the latest research on substance use, contains more than 100 specific reforms to support our work to protect public health and safety in America | White House, USA

Public Health Report on Commissioning of HCV services in London for People who Inject Drugs (PDF)

Chronic hepatitis C infection in people who inject drugs represents a major health inequality in a marginalised group in society. In London the prevalence of hepatitis C is 55% in people who inject drugs compared to 1-2% in the general population. This report represents a call to action for commissioners of drug addiction services and specialist liver services | London Joint Working Group On Substance Misuse and hepatitis C, UK

Public Health England: Our priorities for 2013/14 (PDF)

The priorities encompass the organisation’s broad remit, ranging from protecting and improving the nation’s health to building the public health system and increasing its own expertise | PHE, UK

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young people/jobs mismatch

Our research reveals a clear mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them. This is hindering young people’s access to the labour market and contributing to high rates of youth unemployment | CIPD, UK

Getting our priorities right (PDF)

The updated guidance sets out the challenge of adult problematic alcohol or drug use, its possible impacts on children and families and how services should respond. It provides all child and adult service practitioners working with these vulnerable families with an overview of the supporting evidence base | Scottish Government, UK