The material on this site is subject to copyright protection of the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium (SMSC) unless otherwise indicated. The SMSC copyright protected material (other than Executive Committee members’ logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the SMSC copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

The permission to reproduce SMSC-protected material does not extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. This includes the majority of the resources in the Skills Hub. Authorisation to reproduce such material – if needed – must be obtained from the copyright holders.

The Substance Misuse Skills Consortium encourages its members and other users of the website to establish hypertext links to the site.


Links are provided for information and convenience. We cannot accept responsibility for the sites linked to, or the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement.

You do not have to ask permission to link directly to pages hosted on this site. However, we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. The pages must load into the user's entire window. You may use the SMSC logo to link to our site without prior permission but we may withdraw permission for its use at any time.


Every effort is taken to ensure that the information contained in this website is both accurate and complete but it is provided 'as is' without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.


We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.

Intellectual property

Copying our logos (other than for linking to the site) and any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without the prior approval of the relevant copyright owner.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus programme on all material downloaded from the internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system that may occur while using material derived from this website.

Personal information

The Substance Misuse Skills Consortium is the sole owner of the personal information collected on this site. We collect information at several different points on our website and we explicitly ask when we need information that personally identifies you.

We use your personal information to provide the services you have requested. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse provides secretariat services to the Consortium, in which role they have access to any and all personal information supplied to the Consortium. We may occasionally commission other organisations to provide limited services on our behalf, such as packaging and delivering publications, performing statistical analysis or providing other essential elements of the site. We will only provide those organisations with the personal information they need to deliver the product or service, and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

Your personal information will be held and used by us in accordance with UK data protection legislation.


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