Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers Webinar

Facilitated by Mike Ward

Mike is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Change UK. He comes from a social work background and was working in alcohol outreach in the 1980s in London. He founded and led Surrey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service which still exists 31 years later and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services. He is now a full-time consultant and trainer. Mike has worked in the substance misuse/mental health field for over thirty-five years. He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and is one of the two key drivers behind the Blue Light project.


The webinar will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. Please ensure that you have full audio and visual access to Teams before applying for a place.


The aim of this course is to:

  • Encourage and enable professionals in England to use legal frameworks to manage and protect chronic dependent drinkers.

Its focus is on how to make most effective use of the three main legal powers which can protect vulnerable dependent drinkers:

  • the Care Act 2014 in England or Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014
  • the Mental Capacity Act, and
  • the Mental Health Act

It also focuses on a handful of other relevant measures such as anti-social behaviour powers. In addition, it emphasises the importance of a process framework that will enable the powers to be used most effectively.

Who should apply for this course?

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 welfare roles.

Requesting a Place

If you would like to request a place, please complete the form below – One form per person is required (if you are completing on behalf of someone else, please ensure to include their email address and not your own/or a generic email address). Please note that submitting a form does not guarantee a place, however we suggest that you provisionally book the date in your diary. Training sessions are usually oversubscribed and therefore allocation of places will be determined on a number of factors. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible on the ‘why you want to attend’ section of the form.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by email from the TSAB Business Unit. Places are not confirmed until this point. If you are unsuccessful your name may be added to a waiting list.

Our courses are free to attend, however we do limit the number of places that we offer to ensure that all delegates have the opportunity to participate during the session, so if your place is confirmed and you are no longer able to attend please inform the Business Unit by email as soon as possible so that we have the chance to offer your place to another delegate . Any cancellations must be received by email no later than 11.30pm on Sunday 9th June 2024.  Cancellation after this date or failure to attend on the day will result in a £50 charge.

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New Users: If this is the first time you have requested a place on training via our website then please complete the form to request a place. You will receive an email from ‘WordPress’ which will explain how to set up your password to enable you to access your account in the future. (The email may appear in your junk folder).  Please do not use a generic email address – accounts should be set up using an individual email.

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