Welcome to the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DLR DATF).
The Task Force is a partnership of people from local statutory, voluntary and community service providers and elected local representatives. It is an important component of the National Drug Strategy, 2009-16 (*) and complements, on a local level, 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 we are hosted by Southside Partnership; we 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.
Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (formerly known as Local Drug Task Forces) were set up by the Irish Government in 1997, following the publication of the First Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Measures to Reduce the Demand for Drugs. The report highlighted the link between social deprivation and heroin-use problems, and identified geographic areas where these problems were concentrated, and where the social and economic consequences of this concentration had far-reaching, negative effects on local communities.
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 as amended per recommendations in the Report on the Review of Drugs Task Forces, 2014.
* During 2012, the Report of the Steering Group on the National Substance Misuse Strategy was published, and arising from this report the Government, in October 2013, announced several new measures to tackle alcohol problems and also subsequently decided that alcohol would be included in the work and remit of local drug task forces. In support of this new policy development a National Coordinating Committee for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (NCC - DATFs) was established in January 2014, and Local Drug Task Forces became known as Drug and Alcohol Task Forces.