- Disengagement from school, including truancy and exclusion, is linked to drug and alcohol use and other risky health behaviours.
- Absence from school damages educational achievement, and young people with few or no qualifications are at high risk of becoming NEET.
- Disengagement can start at a young age, particularly among children from poorer backgrounds and those struggling with basic skills.
- Interventions that develop young people’s social and emotional capabilities can improve academic achievement and protect against risky behaviour.
- Early intervention in response to drug and alcohol incidents can reduce permanent exclusions and the risk of longer-term misuse.
Download other papers in the series or the whole set as a zip file:
- Disengaged from school, engaged with drugs and alcohol? Young people at risk
- Smoking prevention among young people
- Young people’s drinking: health harms and NHS burden
- Drugs, alcohol and youth crime: Counting the cost
- Alcohol, drugs and sexual health: Tackling under-18 conceptions