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Extra investment in drug and alcohol services for children and young people

Norfolk County Council, 11 December 2023 00:00

Children and young people in Norfolk who are at risk of harm from drugs and alcohol are to benefit from more targeted support to prevent substance misuse.

Norfolk County Council is increasing its funding for children and young people's drug and alcohol services by 20% to £1m per year.

The Council has just re-commissioned two services that support children and young people with substance misuse problems or living in homes with others with problematic substance misuse. There will be a greater emphasis on providing support to those most at risk.

The Matthew Project will provide the enhanced services, after successfully bidding for the new contract.

Cllr Bill Borrett, Cabinet Member for Public Health said "I'm really pleased that we are increasing support for children and young people who need help and treatment with a substance addiction, or who are living in a home where someone has a substance dependency. The Council's increased investment in this area to £ 1m a year from April 2024 will make a big difference. "I am delighted that the council is continuing to work with The Matthew Project to further develop these services."

The aim of the services is both to prevent substance misuse and to help young people give up drugs and alcohol. As part of the new contract, the service will use evidence to target support at the areas and schools where children are identified as at greatest risk.

Rachel Chapman, Chief Executive of the Matthew Project, said: "This is a vital service for children and young people impacted by substance misuse who are some of the most vulnerable in our county. We welcome the opportunity to continue our work with Norfolk County Council and to develop these services."

Last modified: 14 May 2024 13:19

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