The coalition


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A presentation to the Drug Education Forum about government thinking and decisions.

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The coalition

  1. 1. The Coalition<br />What we know so far<br />
  2. 2. The emerging picture<br />Policies and speeches<br />Health policy developments<br />Education policy developments<br />Taxation review<br />
  3. 3. Andrew Lansley’s speech<br />“So that young people see drug use and binge drinking not as a sign of being adult but as evidence of their immaturity.” <br />“So that peer pressure and expectations drive greater responsibility.” <br />“We will not be dictating the ‘how’ when it comes to achieving better public health outcomes. But we will be very clear about the ‘what’ – what we want to measure and achieve…”<br />
  4. 4. “We will not be dictating the how”<br />Impact on public health <br />How will schools know where to seek advice?<br />How will schools know what works? <br />How to implement effective programmes<br />
  5. 5. Anne Milton on Alcohol Policy<br />Giving young people skills to make decisions <br />Encouraging responsible behaviour<br />Changing our relationship with alcohol<br />Cooperation across Whitehall but no mention of the DfE– an oversight?<br />Taxation review – deadline 31st August <br />Responsibility Deal – direct funding from industries<br />
  6. 6. NHS White Paper<br />Commissioning<br />Public health ring-fenced<br />Local authorities to have control of public health budget<br />“The Department will continue to work closely with the Department for Education on services for children, to … support local health, education and social care services to work together for children and families”<br />
  7. 7. Department for Education<br />The new primary curriculum - cancelled<br />The Curriculum is going back to its original purpose <br />Focus on core subjects – PSHE? <br />Free schools and academies – how can we influence drug and alcohol education in these settings outside of central control?<br />
  8. 8. Young people’s alcohol consumption and its relationship to other outcomes and behaviour<br />Girls and white young people more likely to drink and to drink more often<br />Link between being bullied and drinking <br />Risk factors: truanting, shoplifting, smoking, smoking cannabis, parties, pubs.<br />Protective factors: religion, free school meals, family, improving attitudes, <br />
  9. 9. Search powers in schools<br />Search powers without consent to be extended from 1st September<br />Will include: - knives, weapons, drugs, alcohol, legal highs, cigarettes, stolen property, pornography, fireworks, personal electronic devices. <br />
  10. 10. Other developments<br />Cost effectiveness of alcohol education: a programme that cost £75m but led to a reduction of consumption amongst young people by at least 1.4% would be cost effective<br />Tell Us survey – cancelled<br />
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