Smoking and vaping prevalence in care can be 23 times higher than other young people, while training and confidence of staff to intervene is low. In 2023, 20.5% of children ages 11-17 years old had tried vaping up from 15.8% in 2022 and 13.9% in 2020. This programme supports the development of comprehensive strategies to promote adherence to smoke-free and vape-free policies within residential units for looked after young people, and to empower staff to intervene and access support pathways for our young people.
Liz Cooper’s lengthy career has been spent in health and social care. She initially started in nursing, registering as a children’s, adult, and psychiatric nurse, spending several years as a Unit Manager. Liz is also a qualified teacher and has a Masters degree in Business Management. Liz was an inspector for 8 years and a Director and RI of a group of good and outstanding children’s homes for 12 years. Prior to coming to Dialogue, Liz has previously worked as DCEO and Chair of the CHA.