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Table 1 Project approaches to ABI delivery

From: Delivery of alcohol brief interventions in community-based youth work settings: exploring feasibility and acceptability in a qualitative study

Project name Type of setting(s) Target group age Activities Time Agencies ABI service Screening tool
Aspen Community diversionary (sport) 15–17 years Football coaching Friday evenings NHS health improvement team, youth provider (football coaching), voluntary sector alcohol organisation, police Football coaches offer screening and basic feedback with registration CRAFFT
Bracken Mobile outreach 14–16 years Team of 4 (youth worker, nurse, police officer, detached youth worker) on customised bus driven to young people, usually following intelligence and referrals Friday evenings Voluntary sector substances misuse and information service for young people, NHS health improvement, community learning and development detached youth team, police Screening and ABIs offered by youth worker or nurse on board bus. Includes card game to structure thinking. Individual or paired. Less structured conversations take place outside the bus. Follow-up at school by youth worker. CRAFFT
Elder Community diversionary (sport) 10–18 years Indoor and outdoor sports coaching Weekday evenings Local authority leisure services (sports development), NHS (training and support) Opportunistic conversations about alcohol with coaches at side of pitch Not used
Fir Hybrid
(centre based; outreach; streetwork; diversionary)
12–21 years Open access drop-in, group activities, appointment-based support and counselling, schools, youth clubs and facilities, streetwork, sport, outdoor activities, wilderness residential experiences Flexible Confidential health and well-being centre and service for young people, streetwork team, community youth organisations ABIs offered as appropriate by Fir staff (youth workers). Individuals or small groups. CRAFFT
Hawthorn Pilot project – training delivered Not clear Training targeted at organisations working with young people who don’t access traditional services Not known Training by Alcohol & Drugs Partnership and national workforce development organisation. Implementation by football coaches, council and voluntary sector youth workers, NHS health improvement and psychological therapies staff. Not known CRAFFT
Juniper Police-referred 12–18 years Young people identified through routine police work Negotiated Third sector children’s organisation, police, Alcohol & Drugs Partnership (funder) Project arranged to see young person at home/place of choice for ABI. Telephone follow-up after 3 months. Customised
Myrtle Hybrid
(centre-based; outreach; streetwork; diversionary)
11–17 years Mentoring, intensive support, drug and alcohol outreach, streetwork, mobile street football Flexible Voluntary sector social services organisation, Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, police, social work, education, community learning and development, street pastors Offered by Myrtle staff as a normalised part of practice to introduce young people to the service and structure decision-making Approach taken from national policy guidance document [2]
Pine Drop-in centre 13–18 years Drop in centre (sexual health, housing, support, employment or relationship concerns, substance use) 6 days a week Confidential health, information and peer-led service for young people, NHS, local authority ABIs offered as appropriate by staff (sexual health nurses, community learning and development worker, health promotion workers) CRAFFT
Rowan Police-referred 12–17 years Young people identified through intelligence-led targeted police campaigns and brought to the police station. Parents are called in if <16. Friday evenings Police, voluntary sector youth project, voluntary sector drug and alcohol service Young people introduced to the team, then ABI offered by voluntary sector organisation the following week FAST