Youth Prevention Programme (YPP)

The YPP operated by Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth and Family Project (lead) and Ballyogan Family Resource Centre. The Community Addiction Team (CAT) will provide an addiction assessment service and other supports into the programme, as required.

The programme is intended to assess and address the needs of young people (12-18 yrs) in the DLR area who are high risk, and/or experimenting alcohol / drug users, helping them to facilitate a change process in their relationship to alcohol and drugs  and in their social and emotional development and relationships, taking account of their unique needs.

The main target group will be young people who misuse cannabis or alcohol; amidst a growing concern about poly-drug use and young people using new drugs. There  is  a particular focus on targeting young people not currently engaged in other youth or community services.

It is intended the programme will have three dimensions:

  • Outreach contact for individuals who are identified as high-risk for substance misuse: iidentifying and making contact with persons who are high-risk for substance misuse, and maintaining regular contact over time. 
  •  Intensive individual keywork on an attendance basis: this work will have a therapeutic focus and will be structured around a set of individual keyworking sessions, with variable levels of formality and structure depending on individual need. Family/parental involvement will be encouraged, and to a limited extent some group supports will also operate.
  •  Addiction assessments, and referral to more specialise services, as appropriate should the need arise.


The programme intends to receive both self-referrals and referrals from appropriate services such as HSE, TUSLA,  youth services,  Gardai, probation, schools and training centres, as appropriate.  

The desired outcomes for participants on the programme are:

  • Reduced substance misuse
  • Improved social, psychological and emotional functioning
  • Stronger support networks
  • Increased participation educational and/or social programmes
  • Improved access to other support services
  • A positive experience of the service and ability to seek other help as required


Contact details:

Úna Kenny

C/o  Holy Family School

Dunedin Park

Monkstown Farm

Dun Laoghaire


Petra Eaglesfield

Youth Development Worker

Ballyogan Family Resource centre

41a, Ballyogan Avenue,


Dublin 18


Geraldine Fitzpatrick (manager)

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Community Addiction Team Ltd

Unit 8, Leopardstown Office Park,

Burton Hall Ave 

Dublin 18 

01-2176140 / 087 – 2789 678

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