Information for Professionals

Alongside the direct work with young people and support provided to families, the Young Peoples' Drug & Alcohol Team (YPDAAT) also offers support and advice to professionals working with young people in St Helens on issues relating to substance use. 

What we do

St Helens YPDAAT provides specialist drug and alcohol support to young people, aged up to 19 from the St Helens area. 

We offer the following services to young people:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Individual care plans (considering the needs, views and wishes of young people)
  • Psycho-social interventions
  • Awareness raising and education
  • Prescribing services
  • Harm reduction information 
  • Support to reduce/become abstinent
  • Health assessment with a school nurse
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Sexual Health interventions
  • Referrals/signposting to other agencies
  • A flexible and friendly approach


Young people and families can self refer by contacting the service directly and speaking with a member of the team.  Any professional wanting to refer a young person into the service should discuss their concerns with the young person and their carers (as appropriate), and complete a referral form Referrals can only be made with the consent of the young person.  For more advice on when to refer, or if you require further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us at ypdaat@sthelens.gov.uk 


Support to Professionals

Most young people who try substances, or want more information on substances, will not need to work directly with YPDAAT, so we offer training and advice to help you ensure that all young people in St Helens have access to credible, factual and reliable information to help them make informed choices. 

If you have concerns about a young person you are working with and would like to speak to a member of the team, for further advice or support, please contact us.

To find out more about the role of YPDAAT and our referral processes, why not attend one of our Information Mornings.

We also have a range of training throughout the year which can be booked via our Eventbrite link. please look out for our advertised programmes