Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues.

Established in 1986, SDF is a membership-based organisation, which seeks to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff, as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.

SDF is the lead partner in EAER, bringing specialist knowledge and experience of innovation and employability, through its pioneering work with people in recovery from a drug or alcohol problem. This has primarily been through SDF’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP).

Established in 2004, AWTP is a unique initiative which supports, trains, pays, and prepares people with a history of drug and alcohol problems, to work in Social Care. Scottish Drugs Forum works in partnership with accredited learning providers and alongside frontline drug and alcohol services throughout Scotland to provide training for participants, all of whom have experienced multiple barriers to employment.

SDF have recruited over 250 people to the unique package of support AWTP provides. Over 90% have completed the programme with over 85% of graduates moving in to further employment – the vast majority in to full time jobs in the Health and Social Care field. Their experience, as people in recovery working in services, is valued by services themselves; their contribution to the further development of services is valued by the field more widely.

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