Building a community of evidence-based practice

What is a community of practice?

A community of practice is “a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” (Lave and Wenger, 1998)

Why do we need to build a community of practice around prevention?

The challenges young people face as they grow up are complex and interlinked. Addressing potential harms before they become damaging is vital, and it cannot be done by one organisation alone.

Together we can develop best practice, build a strong evidence base for what works, involve different key stakeholders in both designing and delivering programmes that work, 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.

Mentor wants to build a supportive community of prevention services

We will do this by looking specifically at the prevention community as a connected ecosystem that hold young people and their families at its core, as both beneficiaries and providers of key preventative measures:

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On 8 June 2015 we held the first ADEPIS consultation and looked at most effective ways to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education through the establishment of a community of practice around prevention.

On 3 December 2015, we built upon this initial gathering to explore how we can make this work, by looking at prevention at a systems level, focusing specifically on youth engagement as a vehicle for building sustainable, effective prevention services for children and young people. See more.

Upcoming events

For details of upcoming meetings of the community of evidence-based practice, click here.

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The Drug Education Practitioners Forum

DEPF flyerThe Drug Education Practitioners Forum was set up to enhance and promote quality in drug education through support for the professional development of drug education practitioners working in formal and informal settings.

The forum communicates at meetings (three times a year) and via e-mail, as well as using the distribution list to circulate various relevant documents and news.

Membership benefits include:

  • Exchange of information, ideas and opinions on drug education
  • Sharing and disseminating good practice in drug education
  • Raising awareness of drug education resources, projects and initiatives
  • Examination and consideration of the implications of policies, guidelines, research and evaluation findings
  • Providing a voice for drug education practitioners
  • Maintaining a high profile for drug education and enhancing the reputation of the forum through contributions to other relevant groups including national Government

Membership is free and open to all those involved in supporting and providing drug education in formal and informal settings.

For further information and an application form to join the forum please contact Paul Coppeard:

ADEPIS, c/o Mentor UK
49-51 East Road
London N1 6AH
020 7553 9920

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