Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT)

 CSE Awareness Day - 18th March & CE Awareness Week 19th - 23rd March 

Child Exploitation is a form of abuse.  Young People often don't recognise they are being exploited, but exploitative situations and relationships often include victims receiving gifts, or other things they may want or need (such as friendship, drugs or alcohol, or a place to stay)  as a result of them being involved in sexual or criminal activities.  Exploitation can also occur online.   Listen to my Story is a website aimed at young people, based on the experiences of young people who have been exploited.

Is St Helens, Catch 22 support young people  who go missing from home or are at risk of CSE.  Their website has some really useful information including a guide for parents to spot the signs of CSE, and information around CSE for young people.

Check ouut the websites below for more information about keeping safe, the signs of exploitation and what to do if you are worried you or someone you know is being exploited.


Think U Know

Internet Matters

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation)






St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT), provide young people and their families in St Helens with a range of interventions to help them to make informed choices around drug and alcohol use in order to achieve their full potential.

Despite what you might think, most young people chose not to use drugs or alcohol. Of those that do most young people will grow out of this without any issues.


What we do

  • We are here to help you to make healthy choices, to prevent you getting into risky situations due to drug and alcohol use.
  • We are a confidential service, working with young people aged up to 19.
  • We can offer help and support in cutting down, quitting or being safe and provide one to one sessions with your own keyworker.
  • All staff are trained in nicotine replacement therapy to help you stop smoking.  We also offer STI screening and C-Card services. 
  • We can also offer complimentary therapy sessions to help relaxation and show you other ways to chill out.

What we don't do

  • Tell you off
  • Tell your parents/carers, unless we think you are at risk of harm to yourself or others
  • Tell you should be doing
  • Make decisions about you without you knowing

What to expect

  • A friendly service
  • An initial appointment where we introduce ourselves and tell you more about what the team offers
  • The opportunity to ask any questions and tell us a bit more about what is going on for you
  • Appointments with your keyworker at suitable times and places for you
  • Support for as long as you feel you want to receive it