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The Drug Education Navigation Tool


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Presentation by Dr Tim Legrand and Matthew Scott, of Tonic Consultants to the Drug Education Forum's effectiveness seminar of November 2009.

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The Drug Education Navigation Tool

  1. 1. The Drug Education Navigation Tool Dr Tim Legrand and Matthew Scott Tonic Consultants
  2. 2. The Context <ul><li>Dec 07: The Children’s Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 08: Drug Education Review </li></ul><ul><li>Sept 09: Blueprint published </li></ul><ul><li>5 th Nov 09: PSHE to be made statutory </li></ul><ul><li>13 th Nov 09: Drugs Guidance for Schools Consultation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>DEF asked us to produce a piece of work which will help those planning and delivering drug education to be sure they are working from what the evidence suggests is effective </li></ul><ul><li>It needs be accessible to an audience of those who actually deliver drug education in schools and other settings </li></ul><ul><li>In short, how can we make it as easy as possible for everyone to deliver drug education in ways that have been shown to work? What follows will be a live document </li></ul>
  4. 4. What the research says: <ul><li>Skills based interventions are effective in equipping children and young people with the confidence to make better decisions (Faggiano et al , 2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… especially when delivered via interactive lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parental involvement boosts the effectiveness of drug education </li></ul><ul><li>… especially for children/young people with multiple risk factors </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive lessons provide the best means of delivering information and social skills training </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues <ul><li>Conflicting or contrasting methodologies hinders meaningful comparisons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NICE: ‘The diversity of the studies identified, in terms of intervention content and outcomes presented meant that it was not possible to synthesise data across the types of programme identified’ (2007*). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Longitudinal evaluations of drug education programmes are infrequent and expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Substance-related ‘harm’ is difficult to measure and it is thereby difficult to assess efficacy of drug education </li></ul><ul><li>*A review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions delivered in primary and secondary schools to prevent and/or reduce alcohol use by young people under 18 years old </li></ul>
  6. 6. Best Practice Principles
  7. 8. Drug Education Navigation Tool <ul><li>A stepwise approach: how to choose the right drug education programme for your group </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of drug education </li></ul><ul><li>Key questions of programme development </li></ul><ul><li>Needs analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Risk and protective factors </li></ul><ul><li>Signposted to evidenced resources </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluated programmes </li></ul>