Becoming a Drug and Alcohol Worker
As a drug and alcohol worker you will be providing help to people who would like to address their substance misuse problems, or to people who wish to access support for themselves when a family member or a friend has a substance misuse problem.
This work can span a range of low and high level interventions; from basic advice and information, to harm reduction interventions, through to a package of care planned treatment that will last for the duration that the client is in treatment.
On this page, you can find information about:
Criminal Records Bureau
If you want to take up a post that involves working with adults and or young people, your employer will require you to have been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked.
To find out more about CRB checks and employment, visit the DirectGov website, which has advice and information about applying for a CRB check, references and receiving your certificate.
Vetting and Barring Scheme
The CRB and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have recently come together as a new body whose aim is to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.;
You can find more information on the Vetting and Barring Scheme on the Home Office website.
A good place to start volunteering is to look through the Norfolk DAAT directory of services and to contact treatment providers and ask whether they have any volunteer opportunities available. You can find the contact details of all our treatment agencies in the N-DAP Guide for Professionals, which you can download as a PDF here.
If you would like to develop your substance misuse knowledge and skills, details of Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team courses are available on our Training pages, click here to find out more.
All of the courses are delivered by experienced and qualified trainers and most of the courses are free.
For the last six years, there has been a major drive to see all unqualified workers in our sector to be either working towards, or to have achieved, a qualification in substance misuse. A level three qualification is the desired baseline for all workers.
If you are interested in gaining a substance misuse qualification there are a number of options for you to consider. Here are three of those options:
The Certificate in Higher Education Substance Misuse
This course has been developed by the UEA School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team (NDAAT). It was designed to provide a flexible and accessible route to Higher Education that was both supportive of student learning and responded to the needs of local service providers. There are no formal entry requirements, although students do need to demonstrate their ability to study at level 1 and have the support of their service manager.
Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals / Open University
FDAP and OU Level 3 Diploma
The City and Guilds: Certificate in Community Justice
There are five different pathways available in this qualification:
To gain the full qualification in each pathway, learners must successfully complete five mandatory units and three optional units. Each unit is tested by an assignment which is set by City and Guilds. The present National Qualifcations Framework (NQF) has been extended until the end of December 2011.
Find out more on the City and Guilds website.
Membership of a Professional Body