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1.1. This policy has been reviewed in August 2021 – no amendments to content have been made.
2.1. Kent Youth Drug Intervention Scheme (KYDIS) and Medway Drug Intervention Support Programme (DISP) are inter-agency approaches to tackling drug possession or concerns about drug misuse amongst young people under the age of 18 years.
2.2. Both schemes are to be attended on a voluntary basis and can be used as a diversion from receiving a formal out of Court disposal or prosecution. They balance the opportunities available to adults in the form of a 'formal cannabis warning'.
2.3. Both schemes are available for incidents occurring within the school environment, the home or within public.
Compliance with this policy and any linked SOP is mandatory.
3.1. KYDIS/DISP are aimed at young people found, on the first occasion only, in possession of Class B or C drugs, or where it is suspected that they are or are at risk of misusing drugs.
3.2. Both schemes offer a confidential one to one intervention between the service provider and the young person covering subjects such as: education on illegal drugs, the law, prevention of drug misuse, harm minimisation and impact of drug offending.
3.3. The intention is to reduce the likelihood of them adopting a criminal lifestyle by providing them the information and additional support if required.
3.4. Referrals can be made to the schemes by any agency or person, for example: police, Youth Offending teams, schools, parents/guardians. The young person can also self refer.
4.1.1. Finance - the funding for this scheme is provided by partner agencies. There are no staffing or training requirements.
4.2. Risk assessment
4.2.1. This policy has been assessed as low risk.
4.3. Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)
4.3.1. This policy has been assessed with regard to its relevance to race and diversity equality. As a result of this assessment the policy has been graded as having a medium potential impact.
6.1. The inspector with the force portfolio for substance misuse will undertake reviews within the time scale required for this policy. Additional reviews will be undertaken if and when there are changes to: the funding of this service, the service provider, any alteration to the content of the scheme or any changes to internal practice or procedures. This policy relates to a diversion and/or education opportunities which will not be impacted upon by changes of legislation.
6.2. The policy will be reviewed every two years with the next review scheduled for August 2023.
9.1. Kent Police have measures in place to protect the security of your data in accordance with our Information Management policy.
10.1. Kent Police will hold data in accordance with our Records Review, Retention and Disposal policy.
Policy reference: Kent youth drug intervention scheme/Medway drug intervention and support programme policy (O34)
Contact point: Head of Partnership
Date last reviewed: August 2021
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