Providing information on effective alcohol and drug education
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. In 2017, ADEPIS was recognised by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO as a “prime example” of best practice in alcohol and drug education. The resources we have produced draw on more than 20 years of work in the prevention field, including eight years of work with the Drug Education Forum, which supported local authorities and schools to implement best practice in drug education.
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.
Mapping the experience of teachers
One of the first things ADEPIS was keen to do was to find out from teachers what current practice looks like, how they choose and use resources for alcohol and drug education, the support currently available and perceived gaps.
The findings, based on an online survey with 288 teachers (primary and secondary) and 20 follow-up telephone interviews, were drawn together into a report, which informed the development of ADEPIS.
Current and future work
In 2017 we will produce more tools and guidance, and share further resources, with a particular emphasis on promoting evidence-based programmes and approaches through integrating and further developing the CAYT repository of impact studies.
Over the next year we will produce more tools and guidance, and share further resources, with a particular emphasis on promoting evidence-based programmes and approaches through integrating and further developing the CAYT repository of impact studies.
We will also be running regional training seminars across England. Click here to have an overview of seminars hosted over the past two years, as well as to access speakers’ presentations.
Mentor UK is a national charity dedicated to building resilience among children and young people in order to prevent harms caused by the misuse of alcohol and drugs. With internationally recognised expertise in prevention, Mentor hosted the Drug Education Forum for eight years.
Mentor was founded in the UK in 1998 and is part of the group of charities affiliated with the Mentor International Foundation, a partnership that shares knowledge and best practice across the globe. Our founder and International President is Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.
Visit mentoruk.org.uk to learn more.
A world that provides opportunities for the healthy development of children and young people free from the harms caused by alcohol and drug misuse.
To promote the health and well-being of children and young people in order to prevent alcohol and drug misuse.
We do this by ensuring:
- Every child in the UK receives sufficient, appropriately delivered evidence-based alcohol and drug prevention in school.
- Parents have free access to the best information and support to help them protect their children from alcohol and drug harms, and related risky behaviours.
- Policy makers prioritise prevention and early intervention.