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Training Day - Youth Workers Will Explore The Drink Link
Saturday 12th March, 2005

Training Day - Youth Workers Will Explore The Drink Link
Get Ready: Preparing for the youth workers’ seminar are Jo Duggan, Joanne Hill and Kath Bennett from the PSHE&C and Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Team.

Youth workers from across Wigan Borough will be getting together this weekend to explore the link between young people and the dangers of drink and drugs. More than 60 professionals who work with teenagers in our borough will converge on Wigan’s Quality Hotel for a training weekend that will look at drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy and sexual health.

The event has been organised by healthy schools, young people’s drug and alcohol and teenage pregnancy experts with Wigan Council in a bid to raise awareness about drugs, alcohol and sex among young people.

Studies have suggested that young people are more likely to have first time sex or sex with someone they have not known for long if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Research in the UK and abroad has also suggested that they are less likely to use contraception if they have been drinking or using drugs.

Council health education strategy manager Sue Elliott said:

“The training will provide youth workers with the opportunity to look at where drinking/drugs and ‘risky’ sex happen together.”

“Using a variety of resources, the programme will address such risk taking and how the youth workers can help young people understand the positive and negative consequences of such actions.”

The course will also give youth workers an update on the law regarding drugs, alcohol and young people and provide them with resources to enable them to work with teenagers on the issues.

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