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Drugs and Alcohol Action Team

What is Medway DAAT?

The Medway Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is the partnership responsible for the delivery of the government's 10-year strategy (pdf 787KB) and a three-year action plan (pdf 279KB).

DAAT brings together representatives of all the local agencies involved in tackling the misuse of drugs, including the health authority, the council, police, probation, social services, education and youth services and the voluntary sector.

A full list of the agencies delivering drug and alcohol services in Medway is available on this site together with a list of national helpline contact details and details of pharmacy needle exchanges.

There are four strands of work within the National Drug Strategy:

  • protecting communities through tackling drug supply, drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour
  • preventing harm to children, young people and families affected by drug misuse
  • delivering new approaches to drug treatment and social re-integration
  • public information campaigns, communications and community engagement.

Key policies in the strategy

  • Embed action to tackle drugs within the neighbourhood policing approach, to gather community intelligence and to increase community confidence
  • Target the drug-misusing offenders causing the highest level of crime by improving prison treatment programmes and increasing the use of community sentences with a drug rehabilitation requirement
  • Extend powers to seize the cash and assets of drug dealers to demonstrate to communities that dealing does not pay
  • Focus on the families where parents misuse drugs, intervening early to prevent harm to children, prioritising parents' access to treatment where children are at risk, providing intensive parenting guidance and supporting family members, such as grandparents, who take on caring responsibilities
  • Develop a package of support to help people in drug treatment to complete treatment to re-establish their lives, including ensuring local arrangements are in place to refer people from Jobcentres to sources of housing advice and advocacy and appropriate treatment
  • Use opportunities presented by the benefits system to support people in re-integrating with society and gaining employment, with a commitment to examine further how claimants can be offered incentives to engage with treatment and other services
  • Pilot new approaches that allow a more flexible and effective use of resources, including individual budgets to meet treatment and wider support needs.

What does the DAAT do?

Medway DAAT ensures that the work of local agencies is brought together effectively and that cross-agency projects are co-ordinated successfully. It takes strategic decisions on expenditure and service delivery within the four strands of the National Drugs Strategy.

This work involves:

  • commissioning services, including supporting structures
  • monitoring and reporting on performance
  • communicating plans, activities and performance to stakeholders.

 

If you have any queries please phonethe DAAT on 01634 333147.

Medway Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Public Health Directorate, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR