Mentor’s efforts to promote evidence-based practice through the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) have been recognised at an international level.
We were recently given an exciting opportunity to share examples of good practice from Mentor ADEPIS and contribute to the development of new international guidance at a four-day International Expert Meeting on Substance Use among Children and Young People held in Istanbul by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO. Jamila Boughelaf, project manager for ADEPIS, attended the event and presented on substance misuse prevention, education and training (see her presentations below this post).
The meeting, which welcomed prevention experts from all over the globe, looked at further developing recommendations for implementing appropriate education sector responses to substance use among children and young people. The growing international emphasis on evidence-based prevention and the need for scaling up effective practices clearly highlighted the importance of cross-sector collaborations, particularly as part of the interlinked roles of the education, public health and criminal justice fields.
We are proud that ADEPIS, albeit on a small scale, reflects a great many of the recommendations put forward at the meeting. Ongoing collaborations with a number of government offices (Department for Education, Public Health England, and the Home Office) in supporting the work of ADEPIS show that England is heading in the right direction in achieving good practice.
Moreover, the importance given to one of ADEPIS’ main objectives – providing a two-way communication channel between the educator sector and policy makers whilst bringing evidence based practice to mainstream education – further shows need for the continuation and development of services currently provided.
We welcome the initiative led by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO in promoting best practice globally, and look forward to seeing and disseminating relevant guidelines as part of our work.