Commissioned by Devon County Council with funding from the Home Office, Department of Health, Youth Justice Board and DCC: Y-SMART is the Drug and Alcohol Service for under-18s, throughout Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay). We aim to provide high quality, accessible, targeted prevention and treatment services specifically for young people across the county. Wherever possible, our service is confidential, promotes physical and mental well-being and reduces harm that can be associated with drug and alcohol use for young people and their families.
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We provide support and advice for young people, parents, families and professionals and also deliver multi-agency training across the county. We provide targeted education in schools for those who are vulnerable to substance misuse; this may include children out of mainstream education, those receiving alternative education provision and other education centres such as secure units. We also provide support for young people whose lives have been impacted by parental, carer or sibling substance use.
We work with young people who experiment with drugs and alcohol; with those who have more complex needs and whose drug and alcohol use may be beginning to affect other parts of their lives; also with young people whose lives may be severely impacted and may need pharmacological interventions and support.
This site is for you if:
you would you like more information, help or advice about drugs or alcohol
you are you worried about your drug and alcohol use
you are affected by friends, carers or family’s drug and alcohol use
you are a parent or professional looking for advice, support, or a place to refer someone that you are concerned about
One of the great things about working at Y-Smart is working with the most creative and inspirational young people. One young person who we supported set about putting their thoughts about Legal Highs (NPS) down on paper.