Safeguarding vulnerable dependent drinkers – half day

This course delivers the information and ideas in the Alcohol Change UK briefing Safeguarding vulnerable dependent drinkers.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Encourage and enable professionals in England to use legal frameworks to manage and protect chronic dependent drinkers.

Its focus is on how to make most effective use of the three main legal powers which can protect vulnerable dependent drinkers:

  • the Care Act 2014 in England or Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014
  • the Mental Capacity Act, and
  • the Mental Health Act

It also focuses on a handful of other relevant measures such as anti-social behaviour powers. In addition, it emphasises the importance of a process framework that will enable the powers to be used most effectively.

It is important to emphasise that using these powers is, in most cases, the last resort. These powers should not replace good community work as set out in Alcohol Change UK’s Blue Light project manual.

Learning objectives

By the end of the training course, you will be able to:

  • Identify chronic dependent drinkers who require the protection and support of key legal powers
  • Understand how the Care Act the Care Act or Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act apply to this group
  • Understand how the Mental Capacity Act applies
  • Understand how the Mental Health Act applies
  • Understand what interventions flow from action under these powers
  • Understand what helps makes these powers work to their best effect

Who is this course for?

The course is appropriate for staff in all services who work with people who are at risk of alcohol-related harm. This will include anyone working in public-facing roles in health, social care, criminal justice, community safety, housing, homelessness, domestic abuse or other welfare roles.

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  • Each course can be delivered online or face-to-face and will last one day unless specified
  • Up to 16 participants can attend
  • Handouts and a PowerPoint presentation will be provided to support the course
  • The course requires a room large enough for 16 people to work flexibly in groups
  • A flipchart stand, pens and paper is required plus a projector and wall or screen for projecting an image
  • The trainer will bring a laptop

Mike Ward

Mike is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Change UK. He comes from a social work background and was working in alcohol outreach in the 1980s in London. He founded and led Surrey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service which still exists 31 years later and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services. He is now a full-time consultant and trainer. Mike has worked in the substance misuse/mental health field for over thirty-five years. He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and is one of the two key drivers behind the Blue Light project. He is the author of two safeguarding adult reviews and co-wrote Learning from tragedies.

James Upton

James has worked with adults and children in substance use treatment, children in care, youth offending and in social care. He has provided substance misuse training across young people’s services. James completed his master’s degree in social work and worked as a Children’s Social Worker in Derby and Derbyshire.

James is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and has delivered across a range of services and areas including Substance Misuse, Children’s Services (Social Care and Multi-agency Teams) and Youth Offending Teams.

James lectured in Health and Social Care before setting up as a Freelance Motivational Interviewing and Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer. His 22 years working with Children, Young People and their families across five Local Authorities, has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience which he now brings to life in training.

At the heart of his approach to training is his compassionate approach and the belief that a collaborative approach to working with people to affect change in their lives works best.

Lauren Booker

Lauren has worked for over 18 years in the alcohol sector. She is an experienced Alcohol Change UK consultant, working with the charity since 2009. Lauren specialises in supporting the private sector to reduce alcohol-related harm and promote employee wellbeing. Her clients include British Telecom, Allianz Global, the Royal Navy and Eversheds Sutherland.

Lauren also regularly advises firms on the development and implementation of effective alcohol policies and supporting employees with alcohol problems. She is a qualified alcohol treatment practitioner and has extensive experience as an addiction counsellor. She is also a passionate advocate for recovery coaching and wellbeing promotion and helps businesses of all sizes to minimise the impact of alcohol on their workforce.

She has advised the government on the development of a model alcohol policy for employers and is an experienced speaker at national wellbeing events. Lauren is also a highly effective trainer, delivering courses on all aspects of alcohol, health and wellbeing.

Lauren is also one of the founders of the Dry January® movement and author of Try Dry®: The Official Guide to a Month Off Booze. She is a prolific blogger and spokesperson on alcohol.

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