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Young People: Drugs

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department’s review of local area substance misuse treatment plans for young people (a) began and (b) will be completed; who is carrying out the review; and what the cost of the review will be. (234565)

The Government are committed to reducing substance misuse related harm among young people, including harm arising from the misuse of drugs, alcohol and volatile substances. Specialist treatment for those young people who develop substance misuse problems is a vital part of our approach, and we are ensuring that effective treatment is available in all areas of England for under 18s who are in need . This is supported by £24.7 million of Government funding in 2008-09. Over 21,000 young people benefited from this help in 2007-08.

The Department has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) to continue to improve the quality and accessibility of specialist treatment for under 18s. The process for developing local area substance misuse treatment plans for young people for 2009-10 began in summer 2008, with the NTA issuing guidance to all areas. All formalised treatment plans will have been reviewed and agreed with local areas by March 2009 and then published on the NTA’s website in June 2009. In addition, all areas’ treatment systems for young people are reviewed by the NTA, along with the regional Government office and other partners, on a six monthly basis. The results of this review will be reported back to my Department in March 2009. This work is part of the NTA’s core role as detailed in their business plan and is therefore funded by NTA.