Drug Education In Context

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Presentation made to the Hope UK conference on Sunday 9th November 2008.

Presentation made to the Hope UK conference on Sunday 9th November 2008.

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  • 1. Drug Education in Context
  • 2. The Drug Education Forum
    • Body for national organisations committed to improving the effectiveness and profile of drug education in England
    • 31 members
    • Meets at least 3 times a year
    • Produces briefings for the field and policy makers
    • Contributes to development of policy and practice
      • DfES guidance to schools, ACPO Joining Forces, Blueprint, Drug and Alcohol Education Review
    www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 3. THE NATIONAL POLICY PICTURE www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 4. Strategies Drug Strategy
    • Treatment for all drug-misusing parents.
    • Supporting parents to educate their children and with early intervention for at risk families.
    • Support kin carers, such as grandparents caring for the children of substance-misusing parents.
    • Support parents with substance misuse problems so that children do not fall into excessive or inappropriate caring roles.
    Youth Alcohol Action Plan
    • Stepping up enforcement activity to address young people drinking in public places.
    • Taking action with industry on young people and alcohol.
    • Developing a national consensus on young people and drinking.
    • Establishing a new partnership with parents on teenage drinking.
    • Supporting young people to make sensible decisions about alcohol.
    www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 5. PSA 14
    • Broader than substance misuse.
    • Substance misuse indicator is about prevalence of young people's use of illegal drugs, alcohol and VSA (not tobacco).
    • Measured through Tellus survey.
      • Ofsted conducts and provides analysis
      • Voluntary for schools
      • Wider than drugs
    www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 6. Tellus3 – Have you ever taken drugs? www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 7. Tellus3 – Have you ever drunk alcohol? www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 8. Tellus3 – Have you ever smoked? www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 9. NICE
    • Finished
      • Interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable young people
      • School-based interventions on alcohol
      • Preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people
      • Started
      • PSHE focusing on sexual health and alcohol.
      • School-based interventions to prevent smoking
    www.drugeducationforum.com
  • 10. The Conservatives
    • Social Justice Policy Review led by Iain Duncan Smith.
      • Breakthrough Britain had a section on Addiction
        • Against 'value free' (harm reduction) drug education
        • Return of abstinence debate
        • Research random drug testing
    • David Cameron keen on bigger role for ex-users in schools.
    www.drugeducationforum.com