What we do

If you, or a young person close to you has a concern or problem with alcohol or drugs, there are a range of services in Somerset to offer support and help.

These services are divided into three main levels, or ‘tiers’, of responses.

Tiers of service

Tier 1 – advice and information

Advice and information about drugs and alcohol is provided, and signposting to other help if it is needed, including help for young people who may be affected by parents’ or carers’ drug or alcohol use.

The service is provided by staff from a range of organisations across the county, including health centres, schools, early years’ provision, family support, social work and others

You can also find information about drugs and alcohol here www.talktofrank.com

If you are a child or young person affected by a parents’ or carers’ drug or alcohol use contact Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) on 0300 303 87 88 

Tier 2 – brief interventions

If young people are using drugs or alcohol and are experiencing problems, they can be offered screening or an assessment to help to identify what is going on and who and what can help them.

Young people may then be offered:

  • Advice and information
  • Brief interventions to help them identify and make changes to their use and find alternatives
  • Harm reduction advice
  • Referral to more specialist services such as Tier 3 drug or alcohol treatment if needed, and support to access and engage with that service
  • Relapse prevention work

The service is provided by staff from a wide range of agencies and voluntary groups who are young people-focused with some drug and alcohol experience, including youth workers, counsellors, student support in schools and colleges, school nurses and supported housing workers.

Support is also available for young people at Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) on 0300 303 87 88

Tier 3 – Drug and alcohol treatment interventions

If young people are using drugs or alcohol regularly and in a way that is putting them at risk, they can access structured treatment interventions provided by specialist staff.

They can include:

  • Psychosocial interventions
  • More specialist harm reduction work
  • Needle exchange
  • Substitute prescribing
  • Detoxification and access to residential rehabilitation if needed

The service is provided by staff in Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), including their dedicated young people’s recovery workers. They work with young people of any age, and with adults. They work closely with other services and will support a young person to get the help they might need from other services. 

Contact details for the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS)


Phone:  0300 303 87 88 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Email: sdas@turning-point.co.uk
Website: https://www.turning-point.co.uk/services/sdas

Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

FDAC is an alternative problem-solving court for care proceedings for families where drug and alcohol are a significant factor.

The specialist independent family court team is made up of social workers, substance misuse and mental health workers and a psychologist. FDAC provides a dynamic risk assessment and co-ordinates an intervention plan for parents during care proceedings.

FDAC is focussed on motivating parents to take responsibility for making changes to their own lives, positively changing their behaviour and working towards achieving abstinence from substance misuse to improve their children’s lives.

How it will help you

  • Builds on parent’s potential and motivation to change.
  • Provides quick access to support and regular drug testing allowing parents to address their substance misuse and other issues.
  • Increases the number of children staying with, or returning to, their birth parents at the end of care proceedings.
  • Provides a choice for parents to support engagement and relationships.
  • Allows parents to have regular discussions with the Judge as part of reviewing their process
  • Close working relationships with all professionals already involved with families.
  • An evaluation of other National FDACs has evidenced better outcomes for parents, children and families than in normal proceedings with more parents overcoming their substance misuse.

Get in touch
For more information email: FDAC@somerset.gov.uk

Last reviewed:July 4, 2022 byJennifer

Next review due:January 4, 2023

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