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News:Consultation on new drugs guidance for schools

Tuesday 17 November 2009

The aim is to send out a clear message that drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse among young people is unacceptable and is damaging their futures.

As well as giving advice on how to handle drugs education in the classroom, the guidance stresses the importance of schools having clear policies in place to deal with incidents with illegal drugs and alcohol on school premises.

Headteachers are also encouraged to forge stronger links with other local services to help them better identify and support over a million children and young people who live with one or both parents who have a drug or alcohol problem. 

The guidance will also encourage teachers and families to work more closely together, so that clear and consistent messages are given out both at home and at school.

The consultation runs until 15 February 2010.

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