The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was developed by the prevention charity Mentor UK as a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention.
ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools.
The ADEPIS project was launched in April 2013 and expanded in 2015 with the integration of the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT), to further embed expert advice and develop evidence-based tools for local practice in prevention and education.
Building a Community of Practice
We work in partnership with government bodies, as well as organisations from the private and third sector, in order to develop best practices, build a strong evidence base for what works, and support each other in protecting children and young people from harm by building their self-efficacy and resilience to risk as they move through childhood and adolescence.
The Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT)
CAYT started life as a research centre, publishing research on a variety of topics relating to youth transitions, including around teenage pregnancy, drug use and the drivers of education choices. It also set up a Virtual Library of impact studies, drawing together evidence on ‘what works’ to support young people in their transitions from education to work, as well as reducing risky behaviours. In April 2015 CAYT was integrated with ADEPIS to be managed by Mentor, who have published additional impact studies to the CAYT database.
Promoting evidence-based practice in prevention
Evidence is important because it helps us assess the impact and effectiveness of our work. When it comes to interventions for young people and children, evidence helps us to establish what types of programmes are most effective and can make a positive impact on the lives of our beneficiaries.
Through evidence we can learn and improve our practice, increasing the value of our work for funders, commissioners, researchers and, most importantly, for the young people and the families we support.