Norfolk County Council is increasing its investment in services for children and young people who are affected by drugs and alcohol.
Through a funding increase of 20%, £1 million a year will be committed to providing more targeted support to children and young people who are at risk of harm from substances, through the re-commissioning of two services that will focus on those who are using substances, as well as those living in homes with other people that suffer from problematic substance abuse.
Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Bill Borrett, said:
“I’m really pleased that we are increasing support for children and young people who need help and treatment with a substance addiction, or who are living in a home where someone has a substance dependency. The council’s increased investment in this area to £1 million a year from April 2024 will make a big difference.”
The enhanced services will be provided by the Matthew Project, a non-profit organisation that will use evidence to target support for young people in schools and areas that are at the greater risk of substance misuse and its impacts. Rachel Chapman, Chief Executive of the Matthew Project, commented on the deal, saying:
“This is a vital service for children and young people impacted by substance misuse who are some of the most vulnerable in the county. We welcome the opportunity to continue our work with Norfolk County Council and to develop these services.”
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