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Street Talk - Mentor UK

Street Talk - Mentor UK



Street Talk is an early intervention project delivered by Mentor, the drug and alcohol protection charity, in partnership with Addaction, the UK’s leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment ...

Street Talk is an early intervention project delivered by Mentor, the drug and alcohol protection charity, in partnership with Addaction, the UK’s leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity.



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    • Risky behaviours and multiple substance use among young people #ADEPIS
    • ADEPIS: Who we are  funded by the Department for Education  run by Mentor, in partnership with DrugScope and Adfam  supporting secondary schools, primary schools, FE Colleges and anyone working in formal or informal settings with children and young people.
    • Standards for improving drug and alcohol education and prevention in school • Aims – To help schools assess their own practice, in and outside the classroom. – To help external providers of drug education convey their aims, practice and approach to schools. – To help schools have clearer expectations of external contributors, choose those that which deliver to a high standard and best meet their needs, and work more effectively with them. #ADEPIS
    • Overlapping sets of standards Schools School context for effective drug education External providers Delivering effective drug education #ADEPIS Staff policies and safeguarding
    • Format  Introduction and guidance on using standards  Standards – comprising an introduction; the standards; a glossary; resources for further reading  Examples of how standards might be evidenced  Self assessment form: Standard Not met/ Partially met / Fully met Current position #ADEPIS Actions to take
    • Supporting Pupils At Risk Standard There is clear leadership support for drug education and prevention A designated, senior member of staff has responsibility for the drug policy and all drug issues within the school A written drug policy sets out the school’s approach to drug education, incident management and support Policy for managing incidents is consistent with the school’s approach to drug education and is consistently implemented in practice. Drug education is carefully planned and ongoing assessment, monitoring and evaluation ensures that it meets pupils’ needs. Particular attention should be given to drug education for pupils who are vulnerable to drug misuse, including those at risk of exclusion and those excluded from school Partnership with local agencies ensures clear processes for supporting and pupils with additional needs relating to drugs and alcohol and referring where appropriate. Pupils at risk because of drug or alcohol misuse can be identified for early access to support through the school and other local services, whether or not an incident has occurred. Early intervention is a priority. #ADEPIS
    • Other Useful Resources on the ADEPIS website #ADEPIS
    • Drug Education Practitioners Forum • Membership benefits include: – – – – – • • Exchange of information, ideas and opinions on drug education Sharing and disseminating good practice Raising awareness of drug education resources, projects and initiatives Providing a voice for drug education practitioners Maintaining a profile for drug education and through contributions to other relevant groups including national Government Membership is free and open to all those involved in supporting and providing drug education in formal and informal settings. To join the forum please contact Carol Marsh: carolm@drugscope.org.uk #ADEPIS
    • Street Talk Addressing early substance use through brief interventions #ADEPIS
    • Achievements, Learning and Outcomes
    • Overview • Partnership with Addaction • Six month project to training youth workers to deliver evidence based brief interventions to vulnerable young people • Delivered in Brent, Bournemouth, Cornwall, Halton, and Lancashire • Funded by Home Office
    • Innovation • Screening, and outcome measurement via Android App – – – – Young people friendly Ability to follow up Security of data Real time management information – Enhances accessibility by authorised staff
    • Achievements • 150 youth workers trained and supported to deliver Brief Interventions • Over 2,000 young people screened for substance misuse • Over 800 young people assessed as requiring a brief intervention
    • Young People Screened 600 516 500 463 454 443 400 300 Young men Young women 200 118 100 86 64 52 0 Aged 10--15 Aged 16-- 18 Aged 19--21 Aged 22-- 25
    • The Young People Numbers of young people and the level of risk of substance misuse 600 571 807 eligible for intervention 500 400 325 300 358 292 200 157 100 0 No risk Low risk Medium risk High risk Severe risk
    • Disclosure of Substance Misuse 900 800 35% of young people disclosed poly substance use 811 752 700 600 493 500 400 Alcohol disclosure Cannabis disclosure Other drug disclosure 355 300 200 122 83 100 0 Female Male
    • Crime and Anti-Social Behaviours 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Non Intervention Group Intervention Group
    • Risky Behaviours Getting into trouble 49% Family/friends concerned 43% Forgetting 61% Using when alone 45% Using to relax 74% Car driven under the influence 56% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
    • The Intervention • Based on Motivational Interviewing techniques & following NICE guidance (PH4): – A short conversation about change – Enhancing and evoking personal motivations for change – Resolving ambivalence in the direction of change – Responding to change talk in specific ways (elaboration, affirmation, reflection and summary) – Non-confrontational; honouring the autonomy of the individual #ADEPIS
    • Where can I get support if I need it? Pre-Intervention Post-Intervention 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Some Neutral None Knowledge of where to get support Increased No Change Deteriorated Knowledge of where to get support
    • How confident am I about making an informed choice? Pre-Intervention 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% Some 40% Neutral 30% None 20% 10% 0% Confidence in making an informed decision Post Intervention 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Increased No Change Deteriorated Confidence in making an informed decision
    • Intention to Change Agree Neutral Agree Neutral Agree Neutral Confident About Future Safer Use 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Disagree Significant Others Approve of Safe / Informed Use 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Disagree Agree Neutral 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Disagree 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Future safer use preferable Disagree Intention for Future Safer Use
    • Key Findings • Street Talk led to youth workers being able to identify and provide an effective early intervention with young people taking risks with drugs and alcohol. • A large majority young people who took part in Street Talk described having a positive desire to deal with these risks, and had a better understanding of how to do so following the intervention.
    • Additional Findings • A significant proportion of young people in touch with youth services are taking considerable risks with substances. Almost all of these would not be eligible for treatment services. • Local youth services and organisations that work with vulnerable young people, properly trained, may be a highly effective means of reaching this group. • Smartphone Apps and web surveys are an effective medium for researching young people’s behaviours and evidence change over time. • http://www.mentoruk.org.uk/street-talk-2/
    • Contact Details Mentor 1st Floor, 67-69 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6PU 020 7553 9920 admin@mentoruk.org @MentorTweets; @MentorADEPIS; @andrewbrown365 www.mentoruk.org.uk http://mentor-adepis.org