T: (01392) 385637 | E: y-smart@devon.gov.uk

Y-SMART – What do we do?

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 own 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


We are also able to work with care leavers or young people with SEND needs (special educational needs or disabilities) up to the age of 22 years old, if you would like to discuss a referral please contact us.

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Y-Smart are 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.

Jul 21, 2023

We celebrated our 20 years of the Y-Smart service yesterday at County Hall, we have come so far since our service opened it’s doors to young people and families back in 2002. We wouldn’t be able to run Y-Smart without our whole team approach which involves each and every member of staff and all the different areas that make up our team, practitioners, business support, managers, and our nurses. We look forward to the next 20 years and what they will bring!

Jun 6, 2023

We are now using one referral form for all our service users. We have provided the form in word or pdf. Please note that if you want to use the pdf form you will need to have pdf editable software installed on your laptop or pc. Please go to our referral tab to extract the form.