National and local strategies
There are several strategies
and policy documents that guide and inform our work.
- National drug
policy - is overseen by the Home Office, more
information can be found in the drug and alcohol
section of its website.
- National alcohol
policy - the Department of Health has
responisbility for national alcohol prevention and
- Kent Alcohol Strategy
Local strategy and delivery plans shows is
overseen by the Kent Action on Alcohol Steering Group.
- Kent Hidden Harm Strategy
This parternship strategy aims to adderss the harms caused by
substance misusing parenting. The delivery plan is overseen by
Kent Alcohol Strategy 2010-2013
Alcohol within our society is seen by
many people as a source of pleasure and enjoyment. It is part of
social gatherings, such as weddings, birthdays and other
Many enjoy alcohol sensibly and share stories about fun and
occasionally bad times that have involved the consumption of
alcohol. Some sections of our society, be it for religious or other
belief systems, exclude alcohol from their daily lives
For some people alcohol misuse becomes a significant problem and
this is demonstrated through increasing difficulties within
families, at work, and their own relationship with the world.
Aims and Objectives
Tackling the harms
from alcohol misuse within our communities is a key priority for
the health, social care and criminal justice agencies across Kent.
The need to inform the public of the risks to health and society
and change attitudes in a positive way is a complex task.
The Kent Action on Alcohol
Steering Group (KAASG) has developed the
Kent Alcohol Strategy 2010-2013 (PDF 3.7mb) which was
agreed by Cabinet in June 2010. The strategy aims to reduce
the harms associated with alcohol, in order to ensure that alcohol
can be enjoyed safely and responsibly, as part of a vibrant and
inclusive community. The KAASG will co-ordinate action to
inform, highlight and raise the profile of issues relating to the
harms associated with alcohol misuse and promote positive attitudes
It is clear that tackling the harms from alcohol misuse within
our communities is a key priority for the health, social care and
criminal justice agencies across Kent. The need to inform the
public of the risks to health and society and change attitudes in a
positive way is a complex task.
The Kent Alcohol
Strategy will out a series of priorities for action including:
- Communication and awareness raising
- Alcohol Treatment
- Community Safety
- Children and Young People
Kent Hidden Harm Strategy 2010-2013
Hidden Harm refers to children and young people whose particular
needs are often overlooked; where their parental substance
misuse has serious negative effects on their childhood. These
children and young people are often in need of protection and
support to help them achieve their potential.
Aims and Objectives
Kent Hidden Harm Strategy 2010-2013 (PDF 3.4) will promote
cooperation between relevant partners, to improve the well being of
children in the area, to ensure they are protected from harm.
Improving the outcomes for children and young people affected by
drug and alcohol use requires a strategic response that translates
into coordinated interagency partnerships and effective, joined up
frontline service delivery.
The strategy has been developed and driven through a multi agency
Harm Working Group which feeds into the Kent Safeguarding
The strategy will have a positive impact on outcomes for
children and families through coordinated interagency partnerships
and joined up front line delivery.
KDAAT are working hard with our partners ensure that all members
of the children and adults workforce are aware of childrens needs.
To achieve this we will continue to promote the Kent Safeguarding Children
Board (KSCB), which provides training for staff to
help them protect and promote the welfare of children effectively.
This includes being able to recognise when a child may require
safeguarding and knowing what to do in response to concerns about
the welfare of a child.