Early intervention and prevention services

This section gives information on education and prevention services available across Northern Ireland which address drug and alcohol issues or concerns. These services are available in a number of settings such as in schools, workplaces, community and youth centres and clubs with many providing free drug and/or alcohol focussed awareness-raising advice, materials, sessions or programmes.


SFP is an internationally-proven, evidence-based skills programme for vulnerable families, typically at Tier 2 of the Hardiker Risk Model. It is delivered over 14 weeks one evening a week. Its format consists of 14 modules, each of which begin with a family meal and involve group work for teenagers and parents in their respective groups, followed by family group work. Participating families also have home practice to consolidate the skills from the programme. Families are referred onto the programme by referral agents who can come from any one agency working to support a vulnerable family. The referral agent supports the family through the programme but all programme delivery takes place via a team of trained facilitators (group leaders) drawn from a range of agencies.