Young People and Substance Use: Dispelling the myths – rising to meet new challenges

This symposium at Swansea University will focus of the role of schools in responding to young people’s substance use in the context of emerging national strategy and Welsh educational reform.

The symposium will be chaired by Eddie Isles, Chair of the Swansea Substance Misuse Action Team and Manager of the Swansea Youth Offending Service.

Speakers will include
Professor Kevin Haines, Professor of Criminology and Youth Justice at Swansea University and Rachel Evans researcher for the Swansea Substance Use Inventory Research Project

Jamie Harris, Children and Young People Services Manager, Swansea Drugs Project

PC Ann Dinneen, Community Safety Officer, South Wales Police

Julian Kennedy, Deputy Headmaster, Olchfa School, Swansea

Vicky Carlisle, Helping Young People through Peer Education Co-ordinator, Swansea Substance Misuse Action Team

Date: Wednesday 21 November

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Callaghan Lecture Theatre, Swansea University

Admission: Free, but places are limited so early booking is advised

Event summary: This multi-agency and multi-disciplinary symposium will discuss research concerning young people’s substance use and the potential impacts of preventatives programmes and peer-based initiatives.

As the focus is on improving prevention and support services for young people particularly in educational settings, this symposium will be of interest to school managers, governors, substance use treatment providers, local education authority officers and elected members, substance misuse action team staff, youth justice staff and health professionals.

This event has been arranged by the Swansea University’s Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice in partnership with the Swansea Substance Misuse Action Team.

Contact details: To book a place please email