Scotland’s drug and alcohol workforce is pivotal to success in tackling Scotland’s drug and alcohol problems. 

The Alcohol Framework 2018 Preventing Harm aims to standardise education and training provision and access to this for all health and social care professionals, education, third sector and youth and criminal justice system workers.

Rights, Respect, Recovery details the need to:

  • Ensure that people have access to training, and ongoing support to put their learning into practice.
  • Reach beyond those working in treatment and other public services to volunteers, those leading recovery communities, family members as well as the public.
  • Raise public awareness in a way which will reduce stigma.
  • Provide training and development for people with lived and living experience to enable their involvement in service planning, development and delivery.
  • Provide development and training for prison officers to support people who are in prison with problematic alcohol and drug use to achieve their goals is also essential.

The Partnership Delivery Framework set requirements that workforce development plans must be developed by ADPs as part of their overall strategies and used to drive progress in workforce development.  WDADP has addressed this in Sub-Group Delivery Plans.   See also “Learning Opportunities”.