Training on Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers

Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Boards and Alcohol Change UK are running six half day training courses on Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers.  These courses are online and fully funded by the Boards.

Over the last year Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Boards have been working with Alcohol Change UK, Professor Michael Preston-Shoot and a network of local authorities across England and Wales to develop a national briefing on Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers.   This training presents the contents of the briefing in the form of a half day course.   The aim of both the document and of this course is to:

  • Enable professionals in England and Wales to use legal frameworks to manage and protect chronic dependent drinkers.

The course will on how to make most effective use of the three main legal powers which can protect vulnerable dependent drinkers: the Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act.   It also focuses on a handful of other relevant powers such as anti-social behaviour powers.   In addition, it emphasises the importance of a framework of processes that will enable the powers to be used most effectively.

There are six online courses available.   Each is identical.   To book on a course please click on the link below and sign up.   You will be sent a link to the training nearer the event.

13th April 2021 –

23rd April 2021 –

13th May 2021 –

20th May 2021 –

2nd June 2021

16th June 2021

Learning objectives 

By the end of the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify chronic dependent drinkers who require the protection and support of key legal powers
  • Understand how the Care Act applies to this group
  • Understand how the Mental Capacity Act applies
  • Understand how the Mental Health Act applies 
  • Understand what interventions flow from action under these powers
  • Understand what helps makes these powers work to their best effect.

Who is this course for?

The course is appropriate for staff in all services who work with people who are at risk of alcohol related harm.   This will include anyone working in public facing roles in health, social care, criminal justice, community safety, housing, homelessness, domestic abuse or other care roles.