Understand the range of difference substances and their effects.
Identify the range of different substances and their effects.
Identify different indications of substance misuse.
Demonstrate ways of keeping knowledge about substances and indications of substance misuse up to date.
Explain the jargon used by substance misusers in the locality.
Evaluate individuals’ substance misuse and understanding of substance misuse services.
Explain why the assessment of individuals should be carried out promptly.
Obtain information from the individual and if applicable, from the referring agency, in line with protocols.
Carry out the assessment in line with locally agreed criteria and using standardised documentation.
Assess the individual’s understanding of services available and readiness to engage in a treatment programme.
Manage challenging, abusive, aggressive or chaotic behaviour.
Assess the risks to the individual which may result from substance misuse and/or co-existent problems.
Identify appropriate persons who can provide support when there are any problems with the assessment.
Demonstrate how to involve adults with parental responsibility in the assessment and referral of children and young people.
Demonstrate how to take account of a child or young person’s age and maturity when involving them in assessment.
Describe the principles of the relevant legislation.
Assess individuals’ needs and appropriate interventions.
Present possible interventions to the individual in a positive manner and review the advantages and disadvantages with them.
Agree an appropriate course of action with the individual according to the type of intervention required.
Demonstrate how to achieve the best balance between the interests of the individual, any inherent risks and the legal duty of care.
Justify the choice of intervention according to locally agreed criteria.
Describe how to ensure consistency of approach with other members of the substance misuse team.
Make referrals to substance misuse services.
Explain the importance of referring individuals to the appropriate service with the required degree of urgency.
Plan arrangements for the referral with the individual and facilitate their contact with the service.
Make referrals and share information with services in line with local protocols.
Obtain feedback from the service to evaluate and refine referral practices.
Record details of the assessment and resulting actions taken.