Reports and Research
Implementation of the National Drugs Strategy is based on sound research, both local and national. Over a number of years, Norfolk DAAT has been responsible for commissioning research to establish local service needs. On this page, you can download these research documents and find links to information about national guidance for drugs and alcohol.
Substance Misuse in Norfolk: Friends and Families Needs Assessment
The Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP) leads on the implementation of national drug and alcohol strategies across Norfolk, commissions, and oversees the delivery of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services. This is supported by an annual needs assessment that aims to establish the level of substance misuse-related needs in the county and assess available services in Norfolk, ensuring they are effective and accessible to substance misusers and their families. The needs assessment helps the partnership determine its strategic priorities and plan action.
This year the needs assessment includes a chapter that focuses on the friends and families of people with substance misuse problems in Norfolk. It explores the impact substance misuse can have on the people close to those with drug and alcohol problems and considers the services available to support them. The report brings together information from a wide range of sources including academic research, data from local services and the results of a consultation of the views of the general public and people working in relevant services in Norfolk.
(Please note: This forms part of the wider needs assessment, which will be made available in the near future. If you have any questions please contact Claire Gummerson on 01603 638266).
Young People in Norfolk, Drugs & Alcohol Survey 2012 - The Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership recently carried out a survey of young people in Norfolk and their use of drugs and alcohol. Overall we had over 1,000 responses, so thank you to everyone involved in promoting the survey. Young people were asked whether they had heard of a range of substances, whether they knew anyone who used them, whether they had ever used them themselves and asked about recent use. As well as looking at countywide trends and how we compare to the national averages, information on use of substances has been analysed individually for all seven districts of the county to give an idea of differing trends in substance use.
Young People in Norfolk, Drugs and Alcohol Survey 2012 (PDF 541.18KB)
An example of the survey is also attached for information:
Adult Substance Misuse Needs Assessment 2012 by James Fullam and Claire Gummerson of Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team on behalf of N-DAP, (Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team, 2012)
Links to the Norfolk District Adult Substance Misuse Needs Assessment are set out below:-
Young Person’s Substance Misuse Related Needs Assessment 2012 by Claire Gummerson of Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team on behalf of N-DAP, (Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team, 2012)
'Moving on' towards 'recovery' - An exploratory study of barriers for long term opiate maintenance clients by Caitlin Notley et.al. (University of East Anglia 2011)
Parental Substance Misuse - How effectively has NSCB Safeguarding Protocol 10 been implemented? by Claire Gummerson of Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team on behalf of N-DAP, (Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team, 2011 - updated in March 2012)
An Analysis of the Provision of Services for Adult Female Offenders with Substance Misuse Problems, by Stephen Moore and Alex Collis, (Faculty of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, 2009)
This research was funded by the County Strategic Group for Crime Reduction and commissioned by the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership. It was completed by a research team from Anglia Ruskin University.
The research was commissioned to gain a better understanding of the services that are made available to female offenders in Norfolk who are engaged in the Criminal Justice System. The Corston Report (2007) raised a number of concerns about how the complex needs of female offenders were not being met. The research commissioned by N-DAP was an attempt to gain a better understanding of the scale and extent of the issue in Norfolk.
A copy of a related presentation is available here.
Needs Assessment of Norfolk Drug Misusers Not in Treatment: Final Report by Dr Richard Holland, Ms Vivienne Maskrey, Dr Joanne Broadbent, Dr Caitlin Notley, Irene Cameron, Dr Julian Flowers, Prof. Ian Harvey.
(School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia in collaboration with Eastern Region Public Health Observatory, 2007)
Norfolk Young People's Needs Assessment 2007 by Victoria Scaife & Margaret O'Brien, (School of Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia, 2007)
The Harm Done By Alcohol in Norfolk: Research into Alcohol Related Harms in Norfolk by Julian Flowers, Philip Mills and Irene Cameron, (Eastern Region Public Health Observatory, 2007)
Children of Parental Substance Misusers and Substance Misusers who are Parents: Study of Need and Response for Norfolk by Sarah Boon and Lorna Templeton, (University of Bath, 2007)
A Crack-Cocaine Needs Assessment for Norfolk by Richard Holland, Vivienne Maskrey, Julie Sadler, Roberto Vivancos and Ian Harvey, (School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, 2003)
For more information about this locally commissioned research, contact Veronica Nelhams at email@example.com
The 2010 Home Office Drugs Strategy is available to download from the Home Office website, www.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs. This page also provides information about alcohol, drugs, licensing and the law, as well as providing links to external and archived sites.
The Alcohol Concern website provides a selection of briefings, factsheets, policy reports and other publications, available to order or download for free.