Compass Children and Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (CYPDAS)

July 31, 2020

Compass is a new service launched in Warwickshire commissioned by Public Health Warwickshire to provide countywide support for children and young adults up to the age of 25 who are at an increased vulnerability to misusing substances or who are/have been affected by another’s substance use. This includes young people who have been identified as vulnerable to developing problematic substance use or dependency and associated risk taking behaviours. The organisation directly works with ‘at risk’ and priority groups of children and young people (e.g. CLA, young carers, NEET, truants/excludees, children affected by parental substance misuse, mental health and domestic violence and abuse).

The service is friendly, confidential and free, using outreach to engage young people in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, youth clubs, community venues and home visits, delivering targeted and specialist interventions including:

  • Age appropriate information and advice
  • Holistic assessment
  • Structured care planning
  • Harm reduction
  • Family work
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Early intervention
  • Transitional care (young adults, 18-25 years old)
  • Compass Stars – Hidden Harm Service (affected by another’s use, 5+ years)
  • One to One support
  • Group work in schools, colleges and youth clubs
  • Workforce training, development and consultation for professionals

Furthermore, they provide Chathealth Teen Line, a confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19 years to enable them to get advice and support about health-related issues.

The Referral Process is as follows:

  • Referral form accepted into service via secure email or post. Online request for referral consultation via the website (details provided below)
  • Written confirmation provided to the referrer upon receipt of referral
  • Allocation of referral within 24 hours
  • Initial contact offered and arranged within 5 working days of referral receipt – Consent obtained at this time to proceed
  • Holistic Health Assessment completed informing level of intervention required

Please find further information on the following links:


Referral Form

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