WCADA / SWITCH
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
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