WDP Hackney DIP
Unit 13 Tudor Grove
London E9 7QL
Tel: 020 8525 6100
Fax (Reception): 020 8525 6120
Fax (Main Office): 020 8525 6130
24/7 Helpline: 0845 6016217
Services provided at WDP Hackney
WDP Hackney provides support for people who come through the criminal justice system and are experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Services available include:
- Arrest Referral: the team works from two police stations (Stoke Newington and Shoreditch) and occasionally from the Hackney police station during police special operations, as well as at the Thames Magistrates Court.
- Integrated Offender Management (IOM): under the IOM programme, the Hackney team works with partners in the criminal justice system to identify and engage with offenders who present a problem with drugs and/or alcohol, to help divert them into treatment and away from crime and reoffending.
- Drug Rehabilitation Requirement assessment (DRR): if the Magistrates or Crown court requests a DRR assessment, the Hackney team will complete a comprehensive assessment with the client to identify a treatment plan as part of the DRR.
- Restrictions on Bail (RoB): the Hackney RoB team provides support and access to treatment for clients who appear at the Thames Magistrates Court following an arrest for a trigger offence and positive drug test.
- Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR): we work with the court to assess individuals for ATRs, if alcohol is identified as a significant factor in the person’s offending.
- Alcohol screening and assessment: we screen individuals on their alcohol use either in police custody or at our service, to help identify any excessive drinking. We also have trained workers who can assess screened individuals in more detail, so we can offer more tailored support and referrals.
- Group work: group work gives clients tools to help them address their drug and alcohol problems.
- Keyworking: keywork sessions take place weekly and are tailored on the service user’s care plan. A keyworker works with a client for up to 12 weeks and once stabilised, the client can be referred to other services such as counselling (including counselling for alcohol problems), prescribing, education, employment, housing and specialist treatment agencies.
- Brief interventions for alcohol users: this involves one-to-one meetings in a criminal justice or general health setting, where a keyworker identifies a client's alcohol problems and motivates them to do something about it. Initial brief interventions involve a short one-off meeting whereas extended brief interventions consist of regular meetings over several weeks, so clients with more serious alcohol problems can develop a tailored care plan with the keyworker.
- Prescribing service: this service provides opiate substitute treatment, onward referral to other specialist prescribing services, BBV screening and immunisation for clients whose drug problem brings them into contact with the criminal justice system. Access is via DIP workers, self referral, prison and the court. Please call the office for the prescribing service’s opening hours.
- Resettlement: Hackney DIP has a dedicated Prison Link worker who manages all Hackney male clients in custody, liaising with the CARATs teams and Prison Healthcare teams in order to ensure a smooth transition into the community.
- Women's Link: Hackney DIP has a dedicated Women's practitioner who works with all Hackney DIP female clients, both in the community and in custody. The Women's practitioner has experience in working with women with complex issues, such as domestic violence, prostitution and Child Protection questions.
- Community Care: the team has a dedicated Community Care Assessor that assesses all Hackney DIP clients that would like to access funded treatment i.e. in-patient detox, abstinent based structured day programmes or residential rehabilitation centres.
- Housing: Hackney DIP’s Housing Practitioner works with partners in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors to generate local solutions to improve the lives of homeless and poorly housed clients, assessing clients’ needs, exploring options, finding accommodation and linking in with longer term support.
- Prolific and Priority Offender (PPO): WDP Hackney has dedicated team member who works with Hackney’s PPOs by tracking Prolific & Priority Offenders in prison, liaising with PPO partner agencies and attending PPO meetings where the police, probation, prisons and local authority come together to consider how best to support the needs of the PPOs and reduce reoffending rates.
How to access the service
Clients can access the service through the following routes: self referral, prison referral via CARATs, Arrest referral service in Shoreditch and Stoke Newington custody suites and referred via courts as part of Restrictions on Bail.
WDP Hackney provides the services on behalf of the Hackney Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT).