Aquarius Oxfordshire Young People’s Service
Aquarius Oxfordshire Young People’s Service provides free, confidential and non-judgemental information, advice and prevention campaigns to raise awareness of substance misuse.
They support children and young people from ages 5-19 (up to 25 in special circumstances) who use substances, are affected by another person’s use of substances, or are at high risk of using substances. These support programmes are open-ended and offered for as long as the young person requires their support.
They also offer brief advice and interventions for young people using or at risk of misusing substances through assertive outreach on a one to one basis or through group work.
As an outreach service they meet young people at a safe and appropriate location and time.
How to Access this Service
Anybody can refer into Aquarius’s service using any of these methods:
• A family member or individual wishing to self-refer can refer using their Single Point of Contact (SPOC) number which is 07950 301 426 or by speaking with the young person’s school/college or any other agency already involved.
• If a child is already subject to a Team Around the Family, Child In Need, or Child Protection Plan a request for support can be made via the lead professional.
• Via Oxfordshire Locality Community Support Service. The LCSS are the ‘front door’ to all professionals requiring access to children and family services in Oxfordshire.
• They also provide brief interventions and advice (usually up to three sessions) that do not require a referral and can be requested by completing a screening tool and returned to them via email@example.com
Once a referral is received, it is reviewed and allocated to an Aquarius worker.
Who is it for?
Children and young people up to the age of 19 (25 in some cases) whose use of substances is significantly impacting on their social, psychological and physical wellbeing.
They also support children and young people who are affected by someone else’s substance use.