For the purpose of this report, a young person is considered to be under the age of 18 years. There is a wide literature base suggesting that young people face multiple and complex needs as they make the transition to adulthood (SEU, 2005). One of the main issues facing young drug users is the link between substance misuse, homelessness and poor housing. Moreover, a young person’s vulnerability was considered to place them at risk during this transition period, especially for young people with disabilities and families caught in a cycle of low achievement (HM Treasury, 2007). This evidence also highlights the need for specialist services to provide long term, continuous support to help build a young person’s self-esteem and other ‘soft skills’. This need to develop holistic skills has encouraged services to view substance misuse within the context of other social issues affecting young people (NTA, 2009).
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