The Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) Special Interest Group (SIG) consists of practitioners, managers and academics who come together to share information, promote and develop knowledge, produce resources and consider policy. The title of the group reflects a very specific choice. You can read about the thinking behind this choice of name in our use of the term ‘Alcohol and other Drugs’ summary. Alcohol and other Drugs is a major element of much social work practice, for example, safeguarding, and it is the view of the group that social work students, practitioners and managers need to have improved awareness, education and training on AoD and related issues. We will have a fuller statement on this shortly.

The AOD SIG produces practice and pocket guides on Substance use and Domestic Abuse: Essential Information for Social WorkersAlcohol and other Drugs: Essential Information for Social Workers, Alcohol and Older People Pocket Guide and A child’s first 1000 days: The impact of alcohol and other drugs. There are also practice guides on Young People and Alcohol, Children Families and Alcohol Use and Mental Health and Substance Use. Updated guides and other practice and pocket guides are in development. You can access our useful links resource and find a carefully selected reading list of books and journal articles. The AOD also undertakes webinars and conferences. These are advertised on the events page and in Professional Social Work magazine. More recently the AoD SIG has begun to seek to influence policy and led events both at the Conservative and Labour party conferences in autumn 2018.

AoD members meet regularly (many joining remotely) and agendas and minutes are circulated. If you are interested in being involved email policyadmin@BASW.co.uk putting AoD SIG in the header.