Y-Smart is commissioned by Devon County Council with funding from the Home Office, Department of Health, Youth Justice Board and the Council.

We are 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.

What 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.

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Who we work with

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.

  • would you like more information, help or advice about drugs or alcohol
  • are you worried about your own drug and alcohol use
  • are affected by friends, carers or family’s drug and alcohol use
  • 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 special educational needs or disabilities up to the age of 22.