October 2005 Drugs Bulletin

Backdated from previous BA website

This month’s news includes: – Online Survey – ??219M Extra Funding For Drug Treatment – Breaking The Links Between Drugs And Crime – Cutting Crime And Making Communities Safer – Government Welcomes ??1.25 Million Asset Recovery – FRANK Award Winners – New Image Library – Events

ONLINE SURVEY

We are planning a redevelopment of the drugs.gov.uk website. To help us
tailor the site to better meet your needs we would like to know more
about you, and your opinion of the current site. You’ll find the survey
on the homepage of http://www.drugs.gov.uk, so if you have five minutes to spare
we’d appreciate your views.

£219M EXTRA FUNDING FOR DRUG TREATMENT

The most problematic drug users in the country are to be targeted by
extra money announced today for drug treatment services. Health
Secretary, John Reid, set out the details of the boost in funding that
will see the budget of every Drug Action Team increase by around 55% by
2008. £179 million of the extra money will go directly to Drug Action
Teams to double the amount spent on treating 50,000 most seriously
affected drug users, including many persistent offenders and drug users
with associated alcohol and mental health problems, who frequently
fail to complete courses of treatment.

For more details see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News

BREAKING THE LINKS BETWEEN DRUGS AND CRIME

A renewed Government drive to break the links between drugs and crime
was announced by the Prime Minister on 29 September with a radical
extension of drug testing for offenders and new powers to deal with
drug dealers.

For more details see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News

CUTTING CRIME AND MAKING COMMUNITIES SAFER

The 5,000 most prolific, anti-social and disruptive offenders in the
country will now be targeted by their local police and criminal justice
agencies. The scheme will cut crime and make communities safer.

As it goes live in every part of England and Wales, law enforcement
agencies will go on the offensive to target the small core of prolific
offenders which are responsible for the most crime. The initiative is
a key plank of the Home Office’s five-year strategic plan to build
safer, more confident communities.

For more details see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News


GOVERNMENT WELCOMES £1.25 MILLION ASSET RECOVERY

More than a million pounds profit from drug dealing and terrorism will
be used to tackle crime following a landmark ruling by the Belfast
High Court.

The ruling, which found in favour of the Assets Recovery Agency, is the
first civil recovery order in the UK to exceed £1 million and has
resulted in almost £1.25 million of the late James Herbert Johnston’s
estate being confiscated.

For more details see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News


HOME SECRETARY LAUNCHES PROLIFIC AND PRIOIRTY OFFENDER SCHEMES
– CJIP TO PLAY KEY ROLE

On 7 September the Home Secretary announced the national roll-out
of Prolific and priority (PPO) schemes.

The new PPO strategy will be Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
(CDRP) led, with schemes set up to cover every CDRP in the country.
The schemes will use the National Intelligence Model to identify the
small number of individuals who pose the greatest threat to the safety
and confidence of their community.  The emphasis will be on
multi-agency approach to tackling and resolving the root causes of
prolific offending the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Probation
and Prisons working together, with Local Crime Justice Boards
co-ordination, to effectively catch, convict, manage and facilitate
the rehabilitation of these offenders – be they in custody or in the
community.

For further details see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News

FRANK AWARD WINNERS

Thank you to all of you who nominated and voted in the FRANK
Stakeholder Awards. We received 44 entries from across the country
demonstrating different ways FRANK has been used in local campaign
activity.

For further details see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/Campaign

NEW IMAGE LIBRARY

Drugs.gov.uk now has a collection of photos for you to use in leaflets
and other publications which can be used to promote your agency, idea
or latest news. The Image Library currently has a choice of 140 images
which are copyright free for you to use in your communications.

To view see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/WorkPages/ImageLibrary

DRUGS STRATEGY DIRECTORATE PUBLICATION LIST

To view the latest Drug Strategy Directorate publication list
see the reports and publications page at
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/ReportsandPublications
or email eddie.hallett@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk for the list.
All publications are free to order.


CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

The drug related conferences below are relevant to Government
Department and Agencies, Drug Action Teams and local delivery
partners.



12 OCT      NO MORE EXCUSES GETTING HELP TO REACH HARD TO REACH GROUPS
      (London) This conference focuses on improving access to
          and the quality of drug and alcohol services for hard to
      reach groups.
          Contact: FDAP: 0870 763 6193
          Email: conference@fdap.org.uk
          Website: http://www.fdap.org.uk/fdapevents/conf2004.html


18 OCT      LEARNING FROM EUROPE: PRACTICES AND POLICIES
      (London) Cost £75
      This conference will provide the opportunity to find out
        about some of the most innovative developments within
      Europe, set within the context of national policies
      relating to drug use.
      Contact: Jacky Davy
      Tel: 020 7332 3078
      Email: jacky.davy@corpoflondon.gov.uk


19 OCT      BEGGING AND DRUGS
      (London) Free
      The begging and drugs event will focus on the strong link
          between begging and drug use.  This is based on the
          understanding that many of those who beg and use drugs
          do not make full use of available services.
          Contact: David Arnold
          Email: David.Arnold3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
      Tel: 0207 273 4503


19 OCT     TALKING THERAPIES
        (London)£375
     Participants in this course will develop the ability to help
        their clients explore the issues that underlie their drug
        use.
     Contact: Drugscope
        Tel: 0207 928 1211
        Email: events@drugscope.org.uk

19-20     NEGOTIATED TARGETS TRAINING (Milton Keynes)
OCT     This event aims to provide training in  target setting and
     negotiating with partnerships for members of GO drugs and
           crime teams.
     Contact: Alan Hyde
     Tel: 020 7035 5206
     Email: alan.hyde3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

22 OCT     DRUG AND ALCOHOL RELATED DEATH IN POLICE CUSTODY
     (London) This half day breakfast briefing has been
     specifically designed to assist in the education of police
        custody staff and officers, FME’s, coroners and ambulance
     services in how to deal with detainees under the influence
       of drugs or alcohol.
     Contact: Magda Biniaszewski
     Tel: 0207 808 5301
     Email: Magda.Biniaszewski@Capita.co.uk


26 OCT      BEGGING AND DRUGS
      (Stoke) Cost Free
      The begging and drugs event will focus on the strong link
          between begging and drug use.  This is based on the
          understanding that many of those who beg and use drugs
          do not make full use of available services.  Guidance is
          being written to support the development of services that
          are successful in attracting, engaging and sustaining contact
          with drug users who beg.
          Contact: Will Vane
          Email: William.Vane2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
      Tel: 0207 273 4666


26 OCT     CLIENT CENTRED CARE PLANNING: INTEGRATING DIVERSE SERVICES
        (London) £140
        This course will cover the care planning process from start
        to finish, beginning with tactics for obtaining essential
        information from clients at the outset and setting treatment
        goals, through co-ordinating with other service providers and
        and supporting clients as they use external services to
        regularly review the care process with clients themselves.
     Contact: Drugscope, Cost £140
     Tel: 0207 928 1211
        Email: events@drugscope.org.uk


28 OCT      THE DRUGSCOPE GUIDE TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
      (London) Cost £140
      This course will provide an introduction for new managers and
          commissioners to the emerging policy themes about drugs and
        alcohol in England, and how this will impact on their work.
      Contact: Drugscope
      Tel: 0207 928 1211
      Email: events@drugscope.org.uk


For more details and future events see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/Events
If you would like to send details of an event for publication on
http://www.drugs.gov.uk please email: drugsevents@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

If you have any comments about the e-bulletin, please send them to
eddie.hallett@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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