Alcohol and Other Drugs



Purpose of the group

The purpose of the group is:

“To support social work and social care responses to people who use alcohol and drugs”.

To achieve this purpose four key areas comprise the group’s focus:

1. To influence strategy at national and local levels in the following areas:

a) Drug and alcohol policy

b) Education of social workers

c) Social work/service led organisations, e.g. Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and Association of Directors for Children’s Services (ADCS)

​2. To ensure individuals and organisations involved in the areas named above take responsibility for their contribution to improving social work education and practice in relation to alcohol and drug interventions

3. To provide information and resources for social workers

4. To facilitate networking opportunities and information exchange.



Steering group committee


  • Sarah Galvani, Professor of Adult Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University

Committee members:

  • Alex Davis, Suresearch, Birmingham
  • Dave Bowditch, Social Care Consultant, Newcastle
  • Julie Cotton, Social Worker/AMHP, East Cheshire Drug and Alcohol Service
  • Vicki Ellis, Advanced Practitioner, SWIFT Specialist Family Services, Eastbourne
  • Faye Gayle, Social Worker Haringey Council
  • Wulf Livingston, Vice-Chair SIG, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Glyndwr University
  • Trevor McCarthy, Independent Consultant, UK
  • Nushra Mansuri, Professional Officer (England), BASW
  • Fiona Musselwhite, Acting CEO, APAS, Nottingham
  • Isobel Nisbet, Specialist Adviser - Drug Policy Unit, Scottish Government
  • Cheryl Simmill-Binning, Independent Research Consultant


  • Steve Taylor, Senior Policy Adviser, Public Health England
  • Rhoda Emlyn-Jones OBE, Independent Trainer and Consultant



For further information about the work of the SIG email Sarah Galvani or Wulf Livingston

To be added to the mailing list for events and resources please email Sarah Richards

BASW England Report – January 2014

BASW England report – January 2014 ... message from Maris Stratulis (new BASW England Manager), Media Coverage, Alcohol and Other Drugs Special Interest Group Event and Membership Involvement ...

5th December 2013

BASW statement on Hamzah Khan after his mother is sentenced for his manslaughter

Commenting on the conviction and today’s sentencing of Amanda Hutton for the manslaughter of her son Hamzah Khan, Bridget Robb, Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) said: “This is an appalling case involving the desperately sad life, and tragic death, of a helpless child, Hamzah Khan, as well as the neglect of five of his siblings who survived their ordeals.

4th October 2013

Pocket guides on problematic substance use launched by BASW

BASW’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Alcohol and Other Drugs has produced five pocket guides to put basic information, hints, tips and reminders literally into the hands of frontline practitioners.

13th December 2012

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