The Dublin 12 Local Drugs Task Force was established in 1997 to facilitate a more effective response to the drug problem in the Dublin 12 area.
In line with the Government’s drugs policy the aim of Task Forces is to provide an integrated response to the problems posed by drugs misuse. The key objectives of the Dublin 12 LDTF are in line with government policy and include:
Creating and maintaining an up-to-date overview on the nature and extent of drug use and misuse and the services available in the area/region through the gathering of all relevant information from the organisations and services involved;
- To strengthen and support a community based focus to drug and alcohol misuse, mobilising an integrated cross-sectoral response at local level;
- To oversee and monitor the effectiveness of projects approved under action plans and make decisions on continued priorities having regard to current needs and available funding;
- Providing for the implementation of a local/regional strategy in the context of the National Drugs Strategy 2009 – 2016 through:
- Identifying emerging strategic issues and developing proposals on policies or actions needed to address them;
- Preparing updated action plans having regard to evidence available on the extent and specific location of illicit drug use in the area/region;
- Seeking to influence the work of all relevant Statutory, Community and Voluntary service providers to improve services;
- Identifying any barriers to the efficient delivery of services to clients in theDrugs Task Force area;
- Developing Cross Task Force initiatives and networking arrangements for the exchange of information and experience with other Drugs Task Forces,
- as well as for the dissemination of best practice; and
- Co-ordinating their activities with other relevant initiatives/programmes in the region, particularly those involved in responding to social disadvantage
— Our Mission
Dublin 12 LDATF is committed to sustaining high quality, responses and appropriate services for all who are affected by drug misuse in our area.
— Our Vision
— Supporting Recovery
Providing for the implementation of Irelands ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017 – 2025’. A Health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland.
D12LDTF Strategic Aims and Objectives
These are presented under relevant headings.
- Treatment: To ensure that adequate, appropriate treatment is in place in Dublin 12 to respond to the diverse treatment requirements of clients.
- Rehabilitation: To ensure adequate rehabilitation options are available for clients and that services work collaboratively with clients to support their progression
- Education /Prevention: To continue to place a strong emphasis on education/prevention initiatives targeting at risk children and young people.
- Supply Control: To ensure that drug supply and the impact of drug dealing is reduced in Dublin 12.
- Research:To increase the availability and dissemination of local data on the issues affecting drug users, the existing services and trends that affect drug use.
- Family Support: To increase the level of supports available to families experiencing drugs issues.Alcohol: To expand the work of the Dublin 12 LDTF to respond to alcohol misuse
- Dublin 12 LDTF Structure: To strengthen and develop the capacity of the Task Force to coordinate integrated responses to drug issues in Dublin 12.
- Resources: To ensure that services have adequate resources to remain operational.
- Cross Task Force: To continue to develop cross Task Force initiatives to respond to common concerns.
- Expanding the range and spread of services available in the area building on existing services-increasing the number of treatment, rehabilitation, family support, counselling and information services.
- Responding to new and emerging needs such as cocaine and Substance abuse among young people. Monies were secured to establish new services to meet these needs.
- Adjusting and developing new strategic priorities for the Task Force through regular reviews
- Maintaining frontline service provision during times of recession.
- Having two effective ‘one stop-shops’ (WGRC and ARC) offering range of services
- Through Interagency working with St John Bosco and DCC D2 now has a Youth Café that operated 3 nights per week
- Following an increase in the number of individuals from Eastern Europe resident in Walkinstown, the D12LDATF initiated a pilot addiction support project in Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre. The service is now operating one day per week with significant demand.
- Successful operation of Strengthening Families Programme in D12. The D12LDATF is one of the lead agencies in planning and funding of this programme.
- The D12 Interagency Collaboration Subgroup identified a need for supports for individuals who wished to reduce or stops using alcohol. Following a successful pilot programme an Alcohol Reduction and aftercare programmes operate in ARC.
- Following an identified need in 2014 the D12LDATF created a post for Rehabilitation Practice Mentor. The role of the worker is to support services in D12 working with drug users and their families in D12 to improve progression pathways and reduce barriers for their clients. The worker also supports services to implement the National Rehabilitation Strategy recommendations locally.
- D12LDATF is one of lead agencies involved in D12 Mental Health Forum who are currently carrying out a needs analysis of mental health needs in D12. From the Forum a Dual Recovery Programme now operates one night per week in ARC for those with mental health and addiction issues and is facilitated by a Mental Health Social Worker.
- The Task Force produced a comprehensive Directory of services to support referral and progression of service users in D12.
- Increasing awareness on the impact and effect of drugs in community of D12. Co-ordinated Annual drug awareness campaigns involving a range of organisations in D12 have been very beneficial in this regard. In addition the D12LDATF have operated a comprehensive Drug Education Programme through Drug Education Resource Worker who provides support to schools Youth services and wider community around Drug Education.
- D12LDATF in 2015 facilitated the training of 6 trainers to roll out STORM Suicide Prevention and Self Harm Mitigation Training to all front line workers in D12. The roll out is operating well. It is expected that there will be 56 Frontline workers trained in Suicide Prevention by the end of 2015 with 24 of these also trained in Self Harm Mitigation.
- Strengthening service user involvement in the delivery of services and supporting the development of D12 Service User Forum
- The D12LDATF has strong Task Force board with good range of Community Statutory, Voluntary participation including political representatives. It also has strong subgroups who meet regularly to progress the work of the Task Force
- The Dublin 12 Community Safety Partnership was established which led to formulation of D12 Local Policing Forum.
- Local data collection processes have improved as well as accessibility of that data. Task Force reviews and collates all relevant available data which helps illustrate nature and extent of drug use in the area and any emerging needs. It is included in D12LDATF annual report that is submitted to Drugs Programmes Unit of Department of Health and is also available to services locally.
The Role of RepresentativesEveryone who is a member of the Dublin 12 Drugs Task Force is expected to:
- Attend meetings and actively participate in all of the meeting
- Have read all advance material circulated to them prior to a meeting
- Be fully briefed on the position of their own nominating group or organisation, and be in a position to agree to actions/decisions on their behalf
- Contribute to and participate in the work of the Task Force
- Should agree with the vision, the mission, the aims and objectives, the guiding principles and the actions of the Task Force
- Treatment & Rehabilitation
- Finance & Governance Alcohol Strategy Steering Committee
- Supporting the D12 Community
- Advisory Group
- D12 Local Policing Forum