Dowds J, Heywood S, Fitzgerald N & Winterbottom J (2012) Needs Assessment: Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Services in Edinburgh City - Final Report. Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership. Create Consultancy. http://edinburghadp.co.uk/Resources/EADPPublications/Documents/NeedsAssessmentFinalReport.pdf
The aim of this needs assessment is to inform the implementation of priority 1 and 3 of the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (EADP) Children, Young People and Families Action Plan (2011) which states:
- ‘Fewer children and young people using drugs and children and young people choosing to drink alcohol start later in life and take fewer risks.'
- ‘More children and young people receive appropriate and timely support for alcohol and drug use'
To do this effectively, the needs assessment set out to fulfil the following aims:
- Provide an understanding of local need in relation to young people and alcohol and drug use in Edinburgh.
- Analyse best practice in alcohol and drug services for young people elsewhere in Scotland and the UK.
- Provide recommendations for future service development.
- To identify the prevalence of problem alcohol and drug use among young people in Edinburgh.
- To map existing drug and alcohol services in Edinburgh.
- To explore young people's perceptions of an effective alcohol and drug service.
- To provide an overview of models of good practice in young people's alcohol and drug services elsewhere in Scotland and the UK.
- To make recommendations regarding priorities and models for young people's alcohol and drug services in Edinburgh.