Learning and Development

Scottish Drugs Forum delivers learning and skills development for people working with people who use drugs and others.

SDF also supports organisations to increase their ability to deliver effective and efficient services that benefit people who use drugs and others.


SDF provides general and specialist training on substance use-related issues for people who work with, or support, people who use substances. 

We also design and deliver training commissioned by services or local planners for their teams and others requesting training specific to their locality. This training can also incorporate coaching and mentoring to support change in services or localities.    


SDF’s e-learning offers accessible courses that can be completed at your own pace.  These can be completed as part of a formal training and professional development programme within the workplace or a personal learning experience to extend or consolidate existing knowledge and skills. 

SVQ Centre

SDF is an accredited SVQ Centre. We deliver Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) accredited training in Advice and Guidance, Community Development, and Social Services and Healthcare.  

Local Support Team

SDF supports small and medium sized community-based organisations to be ready to apply for funding. We also support organisations to complete the funding process. This work focuses on organisations that work with people with lived and living experience of substance use and/or their families to reduce drug-related harms. 

Drug Death Prevention

SDF works with local planners, commissioners and services to improve interventions that prevent drug-related deaths.  With reference to national and international evidence, local stakeholders are supported to identify the strengths and weaknesses of local practice to form an action plan that improves joint working and the effectiveness and efficiency of local responses.   

Emergency Responses

We work with services to ensure staff have the knowledge and skills to provide effective harm reduction interventions. This includes injecting equipment provision, drug trends and identifying and reducing risks and harms caused by infections.  This work also involves supporting services to develop adequate systems to ensure effective joint working.   


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