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Can you help us shape standards to help deliver effective drug education?

On Friday 27th September we launched a series of draft quality standards for the provision of effective drug and alcohol education in schools, as part of a wider PSHE education curriculum. We produced these standards because we see the provision of good drug and alcohol education as a crucial part

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Multiple substance use among young people: Trends and risk factors

Past research on risky behaviours among teenagers has identified strong links and interconnections among different types of risky behaviours, suggesting that young individuals involved in a given risk behaviour are more likely to be involved in other types of hazardous attitudes and activities. This behavioural trend has enabled researchers to

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Social norms – the power of following the pack

It’s human nature to want to fit in with your peers, especially during the teenage years, but when it comes to risky behaviour, do we have an accurate perception of what those around us are doing? Research suggests that getting young people to understand that the majority of their peers don’t

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Club drugs: what are they and what should young people know?

Photo credit: Flickr user Caesar Sebastian What are club drugs? The most established club drugs are ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine, GHB/GBL, and mephedrone. As the name suggests, they are most often taken by young adults in clubs and similar social settings. Powder cocaine is another drug that may be included under ‘club drugs’.

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Choosing a programme that works

The Home Office’s recently released guidance to schools on addressing youth violence and gangs contains a handy table which is relevant for schools considering introducing an ‘evidence based programme’ on anything from drugs and alcohol to literacy.

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Latest information on young people’s smoking, drinking and drug use

The survey “Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2012”, whose results are just out, is a valuable source of knowledge about what young people really do and think, beyond the media myths. The latest information comes from 7,589 pupils aged 11 to 15 in 254

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What makes for an effective school alcohol policy?

An effective school alcohol policy comes from many factors: senior leadership support; a whole school approach to drugs and alcohol; consultation with the school community; integrating education, support and prevention… you can find out more in our toolkit for schools revising their drug and alcohol policy. A new piece of research looks

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“Is shisha safer than smoking cigarettes?”

This question was asked by one of the Year 7s at a recent school event we attended. It’s something which can cause confusion. Is tobacco smoke safer when it’s filtered through water pipes (called shisha, hookah, hubble-bubble or narghile), or do long smoking sessions and the large volume of smoke inhaled

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Ofsted: Not yet good enough: PSHE education in schools

Ofsted have produced their latest report in PSHE education, Not yet good enough: personal, social, health and economic education in schools. The report is based on inspections of 48 schools (half primary and half secondary) with 290 lessons, 31 assemblies and 20 other PSHE education-related activities observed.  In addition the

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British teenagers see more alcohol ads than adults do

In a study for the European Commission, it was found that young people in the UK (ages 10–15 years) and the Netherlands (13–19 years) were exposed to significantly more alcohol advertising compared to adults.

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