Healthy Development in YP (e-Learning): for professionals working with substance use in young people

Funded by 'Public Health England - Alcohol and Drugs Team', the RCPCH has developed an exciting new online resource to support those working with substance use in children and young people. Our aim is to provide a better understanding of the effects of substance misuse on the health and development of young people.




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Who is it for?

The 'Healthy Development in Young People e-Learning' is freely available to all professionals working with substance use in young people. It will be of particular interest to those working in young people’s targeted and specialist substance misuse services in both community and secure settings. The resource will also benefit those people screening for substance use in wider children’s services such as youth workers, nurses, social workers and psychiatrists.


This educational resource aims to improve young people's health and wellbeing outcomes by helping to develop practice which is appropriate to their developmental stage. The short online course (around 2.5 hours in length) is made up of seven interactive sessions containing videos, case studies and self assessments. We encourage both individuals and teams to complete the course for inspiring discussion and sharing best practice.

Online sessions are available on: 

  1. Psychological Development
  2. Social Development
  3. The Legal Framework for Working with Young People
  4. Delivering Young People Friendly Substance Misuse Services 
  5. Sexually Transmitted Infections in Young People
  6. Mental Health and Well Being in Children and Young People
  7. Sleep Problems in Adolescence 

After completing the above e-Learning modules, substance misuse providers will be able to:

  • Describe healthy adolescent development.
  • Understand the range of factors that impact on healthy adolescent development.
  • Recognise common sleep problems, sexual health problems and mental health problems in young people.
  • Make their practice and service young people friendly. 

Project Team

  • Ms Kirsty Blenkins, PHE - Alcohol and Drugs Team
  • Dr Max Davie, Educational Lead and Consultant Paediatrician
  • Miss Liz Cracknell, Module Editor and Substance Misuse Practitioner Nurse
  • Mr Luis Abraao, Project Manager

If you require any further information about this project, please contact the Education Provision team via email or telephone on 020 7092 6088. 

Media enquiries

If you have a media enquiry relating to this project or substance misuse in children and young people, please contact our press office


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