May 2019

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Spectrum Families and Young People’s Service

From April 1st 2019, Spectrum CGL have been providing drug and alcohol support for Under-25s as part of our new Families and Young People’s team (Spectrum FYP).

Our workers provide confidential advice, treatment and support to young people across Hertfordshire on an outreach basis, seeing them in schools, YC Hertfordshire offices, at home or anywhere that is most convenient for our services users.

Our Hidden Harm workers will also provide interventions and education to anyone (child or adult) that is affected by someone else’s substance misuse and we can run drug awareness workshops in schools and colleges.

Our treatment offer includes:

  • One-to-one support from a recovery worker
  • Group work options for young people in similar situations
  • Access to counselling
  • Sexual health and stop smoking support
  • Advice on cannabis, alcohol, steroids and new psychoactive substances
  • Signposting to other organisations for related support such as housing

Young People can self-refer for support via:

Professionals, parents and carers can also refer a young person to us with their consent.

To see young people under the age of 13 we are required by law to seek the consent of their parents or responsible adult.

You can speak to our duty team from 9am-7pm Tuesdays to Fridays and from 9am – 5pm on Mondays and Saturdays. Call us on 0800 652 3169 or email us via

Visit to find out more and to self-refer online.

Follow our Young People’s Team on Instagram @spectrumfyp

They will also be delivering targeted workshops on a range of drug and alcohol-related topics to young people in schools and colleges countywide.

If you recognise a young person who might need support with substance misuse, we would encourage you to use the screening tool. It’s a simple set of questions that can help to identify what level of support they may require and help to highlight any other risks or other support needs they may have.

Young person's screen tool for drug and alcohol use - a guidance document for professionals



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