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1 Day Course

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Where and When

Delivered at a venue of your choice throughout the UK or by tutor led remote online delivery, contact us for availability.

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Accredited Course

The course content has been accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.

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Course Overview

Substance misuse affects millions of people with the social influences of drugs, substances and alcohol is possibly greater now that it has ever been before, especially for children and young people.   This course is ideal for people working in social care and education as it covers key topics including the indicators of substance misuse to help raise awareness and spot people who may affected.

This substance misuse training course considers the different types and categories of substances and the legislation which regulates the use of substances and criminal behaviours. This course also explains how to respond to concerns that a child may be misusing substances and safeguards which may be put into place. This training course also identifies proactive ways of working to reduce the risk of substance misuse occurring.

As part of this training, learners will have the opportunity to view (fake but authentically realistic in appearance) samples of many different types of substances in order to appreciate the appearance, classification, street names and uses and also to have the opportunity to try the award winning FatalVision™ lenses, which recreates the effects of being under the influence of alcohol, adding value to how the use of drugs, substances and alcohol is viewed by others. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Below are the main topics covered in this course, expand each one to see the criteria.

1Understand what substance misuse is
  • 1.1Define what substance misuse is
2Understand substance misuse related UK legislation
  • 2.1Define purpose of The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), The Medicines Act (1968), The Drug Trafficking Act (1994) and The Public Order Act (1986)
3Understand the different classifications of substances
  • 3.1Evaluate and analyse the difference between Class A, Class B and Class C drugs
  • 3.2Define the different supply and possession penalties of Class A, Class B and Class C drugs
4Understand the different types and categories of substances
  • 4.1Explain the difference between four categories of substances (Stimulants, Depressants, Enhancers and Hallucinogens)
  • 4.2Recognise different types of substances, their appearance and uses
  • 4.3Assess the effects of different types of illegal substances
  • 4.4Define the meaning of the term ‘legal highs’
5Understand possible causes and effects of drug and alcohol abuse
  • 5.1Evaluate possible causes of substance misuse
  • 5.2Analyse possible effects of substance misuse
6Understand possible indicators of substance misuse
  • 6.1Define possible indicators of substance misuse
7Understand the ‘cycle of change’ and ways of providing support.
  • 7.1Define the meaning of the ‘cycle of change’
  • 7.2Explain and evaluate the six stages of the ‘cycle of change’ (Pre-contemplation stage, Contemplation stage, Preparation stage, Action stage, Maintenance stage and the Relapse stage)
  • 7.3Explain actions to take and safeguarding requirements for concerns of a child misusing substances
  • 7.4Describe proactive approaches to take to reduce the risk of substance misuse when working with children


The course content has been accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Additional Information

Training course duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

Availability of this training course

This drug abuse training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK. Alternatively, also available remotely via a tutor led course over Zoom or MS Teams.

Audience for this course

This training course is designed for professionals working with children and young people including support teams, education professionals and foster carers. This course is also suitable for professionals working with adults.

QCF Units

This Drug and Alcohol course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the Children's Homes (England) Regulations and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce and the National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults).

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