Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 12TH MARCH, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 1ST FEBRUARY, 2012
"C1603 DRAFT ALCOHOL MISUSE STRATEGY CONSULTATION (HCS) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -
Approval was sought to undertake consultation on the draft Alcohol Misuse Strategy for the Vale of Glamorgan.
According to the Wales National Database, alcohol remained the highest source of referrals into substance misuse services across the Vale of Glamorgan, with 290 referrals between April and October 2011 as compared to 251 referrals for drugs alone.
The Vale of Glamorgan Young Person’s Consultation Report highlighted that nearly all young people in the Vale of Glamorgan had tried alcohol, with the typical age to first try alcohol being 12 years old and with at least a quarter moving towards a pattern of weekly alcohol consumption.
Alcohol was an aggravating factor in 11% of all recorded crime between April and November 2011 and 9% of Anti Social Behaviour.
In the Vale of Glamorgan, 37% (352) of all recorded and crimed violent offences between April and November were alcohol related.
The Alcohol Misuse Strategy was aimed at reducing the harm associated with alcohol, in relation to both health related harm and adverse affects on the community as a whole.
The Strategy had been designed to meet the needs of the population of the Vale of Glamorgan. It would be overseen by the Area Planning Board which covered both Cardiff and the Vale Health Board area, as well as the Vale of Glamorgan CSP.
The Strategy was currently in draft form and had been sent out for consultation with final comments to be received by the end of February 2012. The consultation would last 12 weeks and would include further multi disciplinary events in order to shape it as a working document.
The Strategy, attached at Appendix 1 to the report, included the following main themes, as well as the mechanisms that would aid delivery:
education and prevention
harm to the individual
harm to the community.
The Strategy aimed to build on current capacity of services by developing skills amongst the workforce at youth service and health service level to deal with presenting alcohol related issues.
The Strategy also looked to work across partnerships to tackle and prevent alcohol related harm.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the draft Alcohol Misuse Strategy be approved for consultation.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committees (Housing and Public Protection), (Lifelong Learning) and (Social Care and Health) and Licensing Committee as part of the consultation process.
(3) T H A T a further report on the Alcohol Misuse Strategy be presented to Cabinet following the consultation period.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure that Cabinet are satisfied with the draft Alcohol Misuse Strategy and make relevant comments.
(2) To ensure Scrutiny Committee and Licensing Committee consultation on the proposed Alcohol Misuse Strategy.
(3) To enable the Cabinet to consider the Alcohol Misuse Strategy following the consultation."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 1st February, 2012