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An update from David Oliver
Posted on March 10, 2011 14:21
Hello. I will have already met some of you personally whilst I’ve been in this role. For others, this will be the first time that you’ve heard from me.
I’m really interested in hearing about your ideas and experiences in turning the key themes of the new Drug Strategy into reality on the ground. So, if you want to tell me and others about successes and challenges in your work to restrict supply, reduce demand or build recovery, please do use this blog to have your say!
Some of you have done so already, including Andrew Brown in his post concerning drug education (8th March at 9.05).
My response to the points that Andrew raises is that all young people should have high quality drug and alcohol education so they have a thorough knowledge of their effects and harms and have the skills and confidence to choose not to use drugs and alcohol. Although education on its own cannot prevent children from the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse it is an important component in helping them to understand and deal with the dangers of misuse.
Schools also have a clear role to play in preventing drug and alcohol misuse as part of their pastoral responsibilities to pupils. The evidence is clear that to be effective prevention strategies have to look much more widely than education. What schools do, how they respond to drug incidents and how they support pupils is as important as what they teach. Similarly, some of the best evidenced programmes to impact on drug and alcohol use focus on the wider issues affecting young people - family relationships, decision making, self-confidence. That is why the Drug Strategy set out an approach covering early years, family support, drug education, targeted and specialist support for young people.
Ministers have not yet decided on the parameters and process for the PSHE review. But they have made clear their intention to work with teachers, parents, faith groups and campaign groups to improve the quality of PSHE, including drug education.
So to close, I have a few questions for readers:
What’s your experience of being involved in the delivery of drugs education?
Where are you in adopting the wider approach in supporting children and young people that the strategy sets outs?
I look forward to reading your comments.