Illegal substances update for frontline professionals


8 March

Pride Park Stadium, Derby



March 8, 2018 - 9:30 am


March 8, 2018 - 3:45 pm


Pride Park Stadium Derby DE24 8XL   View map

Many professionals find themselves working with young people, adults and families affected by illegal drug taking, but have little practical knowledge themselves of illegal drugs, their specific impact on physical and mental health, or their effect on behaviour.

The illegal substances market has changed rapidly in the last few years, and there are now literally thousands of products available. These products contribute to, or sometimes drive, almost all other social problems and are associated with criminal activity. The range of front line professionals encountering the effects of illegal substances, or trying to take responsibility for prevention, has grown much wider.

An understanding of the illegal substances available, who takes them, and how they are obtained is essential background information for front line service providers.

This illegal substances update is facilitated by Marc Blanchette, a highly experienced drugs professional, who previously worked with gang-affected young people. He will explain:

  • the different categories of illegal substances from ‘traditional’ heroin and cocaine to the more recent and fast growing synthetic cannabinoids and opioids, ‘party drugs’ and others such as methamphetamine
  • what these substances look like, how they are taken, and which substances are popular with certain groups
  • likely effects on behaviour and longer term mental health
  • a brief outline of how people buy drugs, how they are traded on the streets (including the ‘county lines’ phenomenon), and the role of the internet

The sessions will include plenty of time for questions.

Note: this illegal substances update assumes relatively little previous knowledge, and is therefore not intended for professionals who are already well informed and up to date.

Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.10

Welcome and introduction

10.10 – 11.30

A framework for understanding illegal substances

  • A constantly changing picture – recent trends
  • Impact of the law of supply of and demand for drugs
  • ‘Traditional’ illegal substances
  • Long established but lesser known substances
  • Recent developments – synthetics, party and festival drugs
  • Q&A

11.30 – 11.50


11.50 – 1.00

Drugs derived from natural substances (heroin, cocaine, cannabis)

  • What they look like
  • Different ways of taking these substances
  • Where they come from
  • Who takes them?
  • Effects and side effects
  • Long term impact on living
  • Q&A

1.00 – 1.50


1.50 – 2.45

Manufactured substances (derived from medical use, synthetics)

  • What they look like
  • Where they come from
  • Different ways of taking these substances
  • Who takes them?
  • Effects and side effects
  • Long term impact on living
  • Q&A

2.45 – 3.00

Quick Break

3.00 – 3.45

How illegal drugs get to their users

  • The trading routes
  • ‘County lines’ – and links with young and vulnerable people
  • Links with gangs and CSE
  • The internet and the dark net
  • Q & A


Final questions and close

  • children’s social workers – safeguarding/child protection, looked after children and young people leaving care
  • children’s and young people’s charities
  • services for gang-affected young people and those at risk of child sexual exploitation
  • professionals supporting troubled families and family support workers
  • nurses, health visitors, family nurse partnerships
  • mental health professionals
  • social housing professionals
  • homeless services
  • police and community safety
  • probation and prison professionals
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux, advocacy services, debt advisors
  • domestic and sexual abuse services
  • schools, including school nurses
  • further education and university welfare services

The learning day will take place at Pride Park Stadium, Derby

 The full address is

Pride Park Stadium

Pride Park


DE24 8XL
T:  0871 472 1884 (reception)


From the M1, exit at Junction 25 and take the A52 towards Derby. The ground is signposted off the A52 after about seven miles.

Arriving from other directions:

  • South-west: From the M5, join the M42/A42 until you reach M1 junction 24. Follow A50 towards Derby City Centre, then follow signs to Pride Park Stadium.
  • North-west: Leave M6 at junction 16, from Stoke-on-Trent take the A50 Stoke-Derby link road. Join A38 to Derby, then follow signs to Pride Park Stadium.

Post Code for SAT NAV: DE24 8XL


It is imperative that all guests park on the West Side of the Car Park by the Main Reception. ClubDCFC will not be held responsible for any fines for parking in restricted areas if this is not adhered to.

There are a couple of fair sized parks at the new Velodrome which is situated next to Pride Park and is convenient any over spill if the main carpark is full. The cost of parking is £8 per car, or £6 if the car has four or more people in it.

Rail – Pride Park is about a 10 minute walk away from Derby Railway Station and is signposted. A new exit has been opened at the station which leads directly onto the retail park. When you go up the stairs from the platform, turn right and walk to the end of the bridge. Go down the stairs, exit and turn right down Roundhouse Road. Bear left at the roundabout, go straight down Riverside Road or turn right go down Pride Parkway where there are couple of places to eat and drink). You will reach the ground in front of you.

The stadium is a about a 20 minute walk in total from the station using this route.


There is a Travel Lodge and a Holiday Inn Express nearby, both of which have their own parking, details will be provided on booking.

The delegate fee:

£130 + VAT per place

A *team deal discount is available when you book 3 or 5 places together

*3 places (3rd place half price) £325 +VAT

*5 places  (5th place free) £520 + VAT

Please ring 0115 9163104 for further information.

The delegate rate includes an information pack, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.


Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 15th February 2018 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

*Team deals are not cancellable, but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.



Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.