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A new youth substance misuse prevention initiative is being developed by the Task Force and will be of particular interest to projects and services working with vulnerable youth in community settings, such as youth services, special youth projects, care and after-care projects, family resource centres, and out-of-school education and training. Further information

The next Youth At-Risk Network workshop will be held on Thursday, April 12th, 10am-1pm in the Harbour View Business Centre, Dun Laoghaire. The themes for this workshop will be Social Media and Vulnerable Youth, and will focus on both limits and possibilities.





The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DLR DATF) is a partnership of people from local statutory, voluntary and community service providers and elected local representatives. It is an important component of the Irish Government’s response to drug and alcohol use as outlined in Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery. 

See Background

At a local level Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (DATFs), building on previous national drug strategies,  complement other mainstream interventions for tackling drug and alcohol problems. There are 14 local DATFs: 12 in Dublin (including DLR) and two outside in Bray and Cork City. 

The DLR-DATF has the following aim and purpose:

  • To compile information on local alcohol and drug problems in DLR
  • To maintain an up-to-date picture of these problems
  • To identify gaps in the State’s response to these problems
  • To make funding recommendations to government on the best way for dealing with local drug problems
  • To support community agencies and other local bodies to get involved in the work of the Task Force
  • To monitor the implementation and effectiveness of funded actions and to decide future priorities

Organisationally, the Task Force in DLR is hosted by Southside Partnershipwe are funded by the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Local Education & Training Board (DDLETB)  and we work in close collaboration with funded projects and other agencies. While we cover the DLR county area, we more specifically target communities where these problems have been most prevalent.

The operational procedures for task forces are set out in two handbooks, the first was published in 1999 and revised in 2011. The DLR-DATF operates in accordance with these procedures amended per recommendations in the Report on the Review of Drugs Task Forces, 2014


 © DLR - DATF, 2016   C/O Southside Partnership, Main st., Blackrock, Co. Dublin Tel: 01-7060125 / 087-6494922  dlralcoholanddrugs@gmail.com