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International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Harm Reduction International, Save the Children, Youth RISE. (2015) Step by step toolkit. Preparing for work with children and young people who inject drugs. London: International HIV/AIDS Alliance. 52 p.

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Globally, the protection and care of children and young people who inject drugs receives little attention. It is a controversial and often misunderstood issue and one that is severely underfunded. Global research presents shocking figures and evidence of restrictive laws preventing young people from accessing harm reduction. Rarely are services developed with children under 18 in mind, and organisations often lack capacity to attend to this highly vulnerable group. Young people also report experiencing significant barriers to accessing harm reduction services when they are under 18 due to a number of factors, including staff attitudes and organisational policies and practices.

This tool is a product of a partnership between Harm Reduction International (HRI), Youth Rise, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Save the Children and was developed in response to HRI research on injecting drug use among under 18s globally that highlighted gaps in the response for this group.

This resource is intended for harm reduction service providers with limited experience of working with children and young people who inject drugs. It sets out a process that you can go through quickly, with little cost, to prepare for work with children and young people who are under 18. It is designed to help your organisation and staff to feel safe in commencing this work, and to support you in thinking through the challenging situations and decisions that you face. In some cases, it may lead you to decide that you are not yet ready to go ahead with this work.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Education and training, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:Harm Reduction International
Date:2015
Pages:52 p.
Publisher:International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Corporate Creators:International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Harm Reduction International, Save the Children, Youth RISE
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Community-based prevention
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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