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Drug & Alcohol Prevention That Works: Mentor Seminar Series 2013-14


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This is a summary presentation of Mentor's inaugural event in the Seminar Series 2013-14. It gives a brief overview of key points from each speaker, and a snapshot of prevention strategies for police, public health, and communities.

Dave Spencer, ACPO
Pete Burkinshaw, Public Health England
Andrew Brown, Mentor's Director of Programmes
Anna Power, DrugAware

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Drug & Alcohol Prevention That Works: Mentor Seminar Series 2013-14

  1. 1. Mentor Seminar Drug and Alcohol Prevention that Works December 2013
  2. 2. Mentor’s seminar series aims to share our knowledge and expertise in preventing alcohol & drugs harms with those influencing policy & practice.
  3. 3. In our inaugural seminar, we presented an overview of prevention strategies, and the impact they can make in our communities and on public health.
  4. 4. Dave Spencer Chief Inspector, Staff Officer to the ACPO Alcohol Licensing and Harm Reduction Working Group, Northamptonshire Police “Alcohol is legal, and widely available. Alcohol advertising is becoming more pervasive. It now appears that getting drunk is a prerequisite to having a good time.”
  5. 5. To control violence in the night-time economy we need to: increase Minimum Unit Pricing control supply manage the environment (street & inside premises) Flickr user: SnaPsi Сталкер
  6. 6. The combined efforts of police, street wardens, bar owners, & door staff can manage and prevent irresponsible alcohol supply and create an atmosphere of responsible drinking. Flickr user: antoinedemorris
  7. 7. Pete Burkinshaw Commissioning & Clinical Practice Development Lead, Alcohol and Drugs Team, Public Health England “Imagine you're standing beside a river and see someone drowning. You jump in and pull him ashore....
  8. 8. “...A moment later, another person floats past you, and then another and another. Eventually, you know can‟t save any more, and head upstream to find the cause. “People are falling into the river through a hole in a bridge. Once this is fixed, people stop falling in.”
  9. 9. Flickr user: MRHSfan The public health perspective is to ‘go upstream’ and fix a problem at its source, not save victims one by one.
  10. 10. Flickr user: elycefeliz We can't view substance misuse in isolation. It’s time for a more integrated and universal approach linked to children and young people.
  11. 11. Andrew Brown Director of Programmes, Mentor, Board Member of EUSPR (European Society for Prevention Research), Advisor to government on drug strategy “Harsh and inconsistent punishments are ineffective, or they can cause more harm than good.”
  12. 12. There is still an emphasis on health harms in drug education in the misinformed belief that this will disincentivise youths. Flickr user: Gareth Williams
  13. 13. We need to move towards a broader approach to persuade schools to implement evidence-based programmes as more effective means of prevention.
  14. 14. Anna Power Schools Drug and Alcohol Consultant, DrugAware Programme Lead, Nottingham Early Intervention Team “5 years ago in Nottingham a „zero tolerance‟ approach was the norm – to throw out students at the first hint of drug use.”
  15. 15. DrugAware worked with secondary schools to create a new definition... not watch or walk past a person in need and do nothing. Flickr user: martinak15
  16. 16. Young people are now instead put into a brief intervention which looks at the entirety of their risky behaviour and life course. Flickr user: Meral Crifasi Education link workers intervene earlier, using smarter identification within schools to support all vulnerable pupils – not just targeted individuals.
  17. 17. The case is clear.... • Communication is key • Integration of services and resources can aid prevention
  18. 18. • A strong evidence base is needed • A wider life course approach can support young people better • Avoiding targeted interventions can support more vulnerable young people
  19. 19. “Very informative and had a wide knowledge of relevant topics.” “Great balance of perspectives” “...all were interesting for different reasons. I particularly enjoyed Pete and Andrew” “Increased my knowledge of prevention (theory and practice)” “I found the Public health talk & Mentor discussion very interesting. It was also good to hear what other police forces are experiencing.”
  20. 20. Book for our next seminar on Vulnerable Families in Feb 2014 at