We will support anyone under 18, living in Birmingham with a substance misuse problem or offer support to those affected by parental substance misuse. Many of the children and young people we work with also have other vulnerabilities; school exclusions, truancy, teenage pregnancy, child sexual exploitation, in care or leaving care, homelessness, mental, emotional and physical health issues, offending, lack of education attainment and unemployment. We know that some children and young people suffer neglect because of parental or guardian substance misuse
In all cases we work with young people/children as individuals, treating them with respect and care, taking time to understand them and agree together how we can help.
- Drop in service
- Brief interventions and advice
- Comprehensive assessment and care planning
- 1:1 support and structured interventions
- Prescribing services
- Group work
- Support for those affected by parental or guardian substance misuse
To refer a young person please complete Aquarius Young People Referral form.
Get in touch:
t: 0121 622 7780
a: Aquarius, 236 Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7SL
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We work in partnership with other agencies and organisations to ensure holistic, responsive support for all young people we work with.
Youth Offending Team (YOT)
We have an Aquarius Practitioner based in each of the 5 Youth Offending Teams across Birmingham who work with young people wherever there are substance use concerns. The offending does not have to be related to substance use.
We have a designated Barnardo’s Child Sexual Exploitation worker within our team to work with young people where there are dual substance use and child sexual exploitation concerns.
Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB)
We have a specialist FTB service, as we know that young people who are misusing substances are at particular risk of developing complex mental health problems. The team consists of a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in Substance Misuse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Assistant Psychologist. The team provide an assessment and dual diagnosis service for children and young people with complex health and associated mental health problems, and are responsible for the opiate substitute prescribing service in the young people’s service at Aquarius. They also have the provision of other specialist prescribing services within FTB for under 18 years that only a Consultant Specialist can provide for this age range.
A base for young people in East Birmingham who also provide the link for young people between Birmingham and Solihull services
Provide a community apprentice scheme for targeted schools, creating and spreading information about drugs and alcohol designed by young people
Added Value partnerships:
- Coventry University – providing youth work placements
- Envision – working with young people to create community fundraising projects
- The Challenge Network – providing volunteers and supporting young people to take part in Birmingham’s CVS scheme
- Handsworth Academy