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Substance misuse and community safety

This free half day course will increase knowledge of substance misuse (covering both alcohol and drugs) and its links to risk, vulnerability and crime and disorder issues within Derbyshire.

It covers what substance misuse is, how it impacts on individuals and communities, signs and indicators to look out for and how to get advice and support.

Please note: This course is not a basic 'drugs or alcohol awareness' course. If you want to learn more about drug types and their effects, visit Talk to Frank for information or Alcohol Advice Training for courses in Derbyshire. You may also find it helpful to complete the Criminal Exploitation and County Lines eLearning module before attending this course.

Classroom courses are currently on hold. You may wish to book onto a Substance Misuse and Community Safety webinar. For more information please visit Derbyshire Learning Online.

Intended audience

This course is open to anyone from any agency in Derbyshire wishing to learn more about substance misuse in a community safety setting, related impacts and vulnerabilities, and how to refer in to local services.

Course subjects

Delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • what substance misuse is
  • the scale and scope of substance misuse in the UK and Derbyshire
  • how substance misuse impacts on communities – anti-social behaviour (ASB) and crime, including criminal exploitation
  • which agencies may be able to help
  • how substance misuse impacts on individuals – harms, risks and vulnerabilities, including cuckooing
  • signs and indicators to look out for
  • barriers to accessing support and how to overcome them
  • how to ask questions about substance misuse
  • staying safe – advice for workers
  • safeguarding and support – advice, referral routes, and support services available in Derbyshire
  • further training available

Course dates

  • No dates currently available

Courses are usually held at County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire.

To attend any of these events you will need to book your place via Derbyshire Learning Online.

How to book

You must have a Derbyshire Learning Online user account to be able to book onto this course.

If you already have an account:

  • login to Derbyshire Learning Online
  • using the course search function search for 'substance misuse in Derbyshire'
  • enrol onto to the course
  • you'll then see a list of available events
  • select your chosen event and ‘sign-up’ to book your place
  • please ensure you fill in all mandatory fields
  • submit your booking
  • you'll receive an email confirmation of your booking
  • if you need to cancel or amend your booking you'll need to do this via Derbyshire Learning Online
  • if we need to cancel or amend your booking, we'll let you know - for example, an administrator may ask you to change sessions if we've more than our set quota of delegates from your organisation

Request an account for Derbyshire Learning Online

If you've completed community safety training or eLearning modules in the past, you should already have an account set up. You can login using the username and password you used previously.

If you do not have an account, follow the instructions for your organisation.

Derbyshire partner agencies and school governors

Derbyshire partner agency staff, volunteers and school governors wishing to book onto community safety courses will need to create an account to access Derbyshire Learning Online. You'll only need to do this once.

  • to request a registration key please email:
  • tell us which course you are interested in and which organisation you are from
  • you'll receive an email detailing how to create an account, including a registration key
  • once your account has been approved, you'll be able to access both community safety classroom-based courses and eLearning modules - it may take a few days for your account to be approved

If you've requested a registration key from another training team, please create your account using that and wait for your account approval. You can then access our courses via that account.

If you've forgotten your password, click on ‘Lost Password?’ on the Derbyshire Learning Online login page and follow the instructions.

Derbyshire County Council employees

Derbyshire County Council employees, elected members and Derbyshire school employees with SAP payroll numbers should already have accounts set up within Derbyshire Learning Online. You can log-in with your SAP payroll number or email address and your saved password.

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire school employees without SAP payroll numbers should email: to request access.

If you've forgotten your password, click on ‘Lost Password?’ on the Derbyshire Learning Online login page and follow the instructions.

More information

If you would like more information about the course content and suitability please email:

For advice on Derbyshire Learning Online account creation and access to this course please contact