Drug Education In Context

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Drug Education In Context

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

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