Hillside Secure Unit is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of young people in their care, primarily through a professionally supported, one-to-one and group work based substance misuse strategy which aims to educate, promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the occurrence of substance misuse problems and related offending.

Their aim is to deliver a young person specific substance misuse programme which is fully integrated and provided in a holistic and truly multi - disciplinary manner.

The Substance Misuse Service is committed to providing a service provision within its estate that will engage all young people at an appropriate level of need. The service will also work towards continuity of care with its community partners.

The Substance Misuse Young Person’s Service at Hillside is called SWITCH and is provided by Welsh Centre for Action on Dependence and Addiction (WCADA), who are contracted to provide a substance misuse worker for 30.5 hours per week. The Substance Misuse Service has links with the Lead Substance Misuse Officer at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the Local Health Board, Community Drug and Alcohol Team and the Local Health Trust.

The dedicated Substance Misuse worker is also supported by a specially trained group of Hillside Care Staff who assist in interventions and support for young people with substance misuse issues.

WCADA and Hillside work under the guidance of the National Specification for substance misuse for Juveniles in Custody utilising the Key Elements of Effective Practice developed by the YJB. At all times SM provision at Hillside will work in relation to allied professional services such as Social Services, Youth Offending Teams, other SM agencies within other Secure Units, Stakeholders, Community Drug and Alcohol Teams and other health/support agencies.