Forward Leeds are running free training sessions on young people and cannabis alongside their latest campaign “Highs of Leeds” a campaign aimed at educating and informing young people about cannabis.

The sessions are available for police, heath care specialists, social services professionals, teachers and anyone with an interest in this area.

Jan Burkhardt, Health Information Specialist in Leeds Council’s Public Health team said: “The Highs of Leeds campaign, alongside this training is important because we are seeing problems with cannabis use both by young people and parents that are leading to issues for children and families.”

Claire presenting training

Jan continued: “Regular heavy cannabis use can lead to mental health problems and can affect brain development in young people.”

Attendees at this session included Family Intervention Practitioners, Safer Schools Officers from West Yorkshire Police, School Therapists and Attendance Improvement Officers.

The training sessions are already over booked with a waiting list of over 70 professionals.

Sarah King from the 13+ Looked After Children Service attended the training and said: “I loved the training. It was research based but with real world application coming from people who are doing the job.”

Group being trained

Sarah added: “It was presented at a real mix of levels to meet the differing needs of the range of people in the room who all have different levels of experience.”

Anyone wanting to reserve a place on any of the free training courses offered by Forward Leeds around alcohol and drugs should email prevention@forwardleeds.co.uk or call 0113 887 2477.

Bryn training

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