Providing information on effective alcohol and drug education
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was established in 2013 by the prevention charity Mentor UK to share information and resources with 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 2015 the ADEPIS project was expanded to include the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT), providing expert advice and a database of case studies for evidence-based prevention programmes.
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.
In 2017, ADEPIS was recognised by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO as a “prime example” of best practice in alcohol and drug education.
ADEPIS is funded by Publich Health England and the Home Office.
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 database 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.