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About SDAP

In Somerset the work to tackle the harm associated with drugs and alcohol is co-ordinated through Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership (SDAP).

SDAP is accountable to the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board; and as such the work of SDAP contributes to realising the ambition of the wider health and wellbeing strategy for Somerset for ‘people to live healthy and independent lives, supported by thriving and connected communities, with timely and easy access to high-quality and efficient public services’.

SDAP, all of its partners and stakeholders are committed to improving the outcomes for individuals and communities affected by the misuse of alcohol and drugs in Somerset.


What is SDAP?

SDAP is a strategic group of public sector organisations who work together to implement the national drugs and alcohol strategies in Somerset. It recognises that alcohol and drug misuse affects everyone in one way or another and that for the harm caused by alcohol/drugs to be minimised, tackling misuse is “everyone’s business”. It is made up of representatives from the police, probation, health and local authority.

The work of SDAP contributes to realising the ambition of the wider health and wellbeing strategy of Somerset for ‘people to live healthy and independent lives, supported by thriving and connected communities, with timely and easy access to high-quality and efficient public services’.

What is its role?

It aims to ensure that effective partnership responses are developed, commissioned and delivered to tackle drugs and alcohol issues for people resident within the county boundary of Somerset. It is accountable to the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board and through the governance structures of its constituent partner organisations.

SDAP has links to other strategic groups such as:

  • Somerset Children’s Trust
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Reducing Re-offending Board
  • Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Board
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset
  • Safer Somerset Partnership

By making these links SDAP ensures that drugs and alcohol are part of "everyone's business".

SDAP ensures that drugs and alcohol are part of everyone’s business

What does it deliver?

As part of its work, SDAP commissions a range of services and initiatives from: treatment services for local people, whatever their age, to help them recover from drug and alcohol problems, to training programmes so that anyone working in Somerset can respond to drugs and alcohol issues with confidence in their day to day work.

SDAP works through a structure of subgroups:

About the Somerset Drug & Alcohol Partnership

It operates as a senior board of partners meeting quarterly.  Every quarter there is an open part 1 meeting and then a confidential part 2 meeting for commissioners.  This part 2 functions as SDAP’s commissioning group which is responsible for commissioning substance misuse related services for young people and adults in Somerset.  It does this by:

  • Undertaking needs assessment in line with relevant Public Health England guidance and with reference to national guidance on strategy & evidence based practice.
  • Setting priorities for the future direction of service provision.
  • Deciding the structure and pattern of service provision in line with the broader changes in: young people’s and adults services, individual partner’s remits and other stakeholders e.g. Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Agreeing the annual pooled budget to meet the agreed priorities.
  • Monitoring the performance of the substance misuse system and individual service elements.
  • Conducting regular contract review meetings with commissioned services.
  • Consulting with service users (young people and adults), parents/carers/family members, providers and other stakeholders to inform commissioning decisions and quality assure the services commissioned.

More information on the work of SDAP can be found in the adult, young people and professionals sections.

SDAP Terms of Reference

SDAP Board Terms of Reference

31st July 2014

Terms of reference for the SDAP Board parts 1 and 2. This covers its purpose, structure, membership, accountability and the principles underpinning its work.

This is an operational draft terms of reference to be ratified at its Autumn 2014 meeting.

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Office Address:
Somerset Drug & Alcohol Partnership
Somerset County Council
County Hall (PP B3S 2)
Taunton TA1 4DY
Email:
sdap@somerset.gov.uk
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