Duration: 1 Day

Times: 10.00 am - 2.30 pm

DANOS Units: AA1, AB2, AD1, AB7, HSC335, HSC33

Course Overview

Many young people in care have experienced a range of difficulties in their lives. Some may be from homes and neighbourhoods where the regular use of drugs is common place. This may in turn affect their own attitudes towards substance use. This course provides a practical guide to foster carers and Social Workers on current drug trends and how to provide advice and support to young people in their care.

The course is suitable for all foster carers and foster care staff who require up to date information on drugs and alcohol issues.

Learning Objectives

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a course information booklet, drugs education resources, a DANOS linked Certificate of Attendance and free subscription to the 'Drugs Now' e-zine.

Course duration: to make the course suitable for foster carers to attend the length of the course is usually 10.00 am to 2.15 pm but the timings can be adapted to suit your particular needs and requirements.

The 'Dealing with Drugs in Foster Care' course helps delegates develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the following DANOS units: AA1, AB2, AD1, AB7, HSC335, HSC33

Programme Outline

10.00am – 2.30pm


Drugs Now – new trends, prices, availability

Commonly Used Drugs – effects on users, signs and symptoms, risks.

New Drugs and 'Legal Highs' – effects on users, signs and symptoms, risks.


Supporting Young People – educating and advising those in your care

Drugs and the Law - issues for foster carers

Sources of Help, Advice and Information
Drugs in Foster Care