September 22, 2016 – Raising the standard: tools and tips to improve alcohol and drug prevention

Mentor is determined to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education. We are doing this through the delivery of free regional seminars through our Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS), exploring quality assessed programmes by the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT).

On Thursday 22nd September we were in Newcastle to explore appropriate tools and approaches to implement a ‘whole school community’ approach to alcohol and drug education.

We did this by exploring two case studies where an evidence-based framework supports both schools and practitioners in delivering effective alcohol and drug education:

Drug Aware in Nottingham

Over the past 6 years Drug Aware has been providing schools with resources and support by involving “whole school communities”, which includes young people, parents/carers, teachers and other school staff, as well as partners such as drug services and the police.

This seminar showcased the approaches and tools developed by Nottingham City Council, providing attendees with an insight into this early intervention programme, which aims to reduce substance misuse among young people. The Drug Aware programme and whole school community model is integrated across schools, giving attention to the needs of all young people while embracing early identification and ensuring early help is at the foundation of safeguarding.

Mentor review of alcohol and drug education provision in Brighton & Hove

Mentor’s Quality Assurance services provide guidance and tools to support local capacity building through developing and strengthening sustainable prevention networks at a local level. The alcohol and drug education review in Brighton and Hove not only allowed Mentor to work closely with schools to understand the current capacity and expertise, but also made links and developed strategies to strengthen communication and collaboration with other relevant actors within the community.  This session focused on sharing best practice to overcome common challenges, whilst assessing effective ways to build capacity to replicate this model through local networks.