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The Adolescent Brain: A Unique Vulnerability to Substances

The Adolescent Brain: A Unique Vulnerability to Substances

This extended briefing paper forms part of a mini-series on the ‘Brain under Construction’. It is intended to be read alongside the other papers in the series (available on the Mentor UK website). Adolescence is a period of discovery and experimentation during which many young people start to explore what […]

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DfE consultation on PSHE – getting students involved

Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 the government committed to making relationships and sex education (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools, including LA maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools (and relationships education in all primary schools). The Secretary of State also has the power under this […]

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The Brain Under Construction [2] – The effects of alcohol on the brain

This briefing paper is part of a mini-series on the ‘Brain Under Construction’ aimed at helping professionals better understand the young people they support. It is well established that substance use has negative consequences for the brain (Oscar-Berman & Marinkovic, 2003). Now, with the advancement of neuro-imaging, we can see […]

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Alcohol and drug education in 2017: our findings

Improvements in PSHE provision, especially alcohol and drug education, are essential to ensuring students’ academic, personal and social wellbeing is supported. This report indicates that little has changed in the thinking of schools, students or other stakeholders since our report on the evaluation of Mentor-ADEPIS in 2013. Many thanks to Angela […]

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June 30 – Using Social-Emotional Learning to Empower Young People

Mentor are determined to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education. We will do this through the delivery of free regional teacher training sessions and seminars exploring best practice in prevention and showcasing CAYT quality-assessed programmes for young people. In June 2017 Mentor delivered a teacher training event ‘Understanding Prevention – Social Emotional Learning to Empower […]

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The Brain Under Construction [1] – A window into the developing brain

This briefing paper is part of a mini-series on the ‘Brain Under Construction’ aimed at helping professionals better understand the young people they support. This paper looks at the structure and function of the brain and considers the uniqueness of the adolescent brain. Pictures of the brain in action show […]

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School-based alcohol and drug education and prevention – what works?

This briefing paper intends to equip and guide those working in educational settings when considering which alcohol and drug education and prevention programme they should run. It outlines some approaches that evidence shows work and cautions on some that don’t. The briefing paper aims to enable educators to make a more […]

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Preventing Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Substance Use Problems

This paper intends to provide teachers, educators and the wider school workforce with practical guidelines on how to prevent children and young people from developing mental health problems as a result of alcohol and drug misuse. Early detection helps teachers, parents and carers identify children’s emotional or behavioural challenges and assist […]

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