Drug Aware is an aspirational standard for schools and their communities, supporting them to address drug and alcohol issues through early intervention. It leads the way in making a real difference. The standard, set out for schools to build on existing work, helps to develop a more effective, evidence-based approach. With the participation of parents and pupils, DrugAware schools will have better, more robust drug and alcohol education, policy and support for vulnerable young people.
Over the last 5 years The DrugAware Programme has gone from strength to strength with national partners now in Southend-On Sea Borough Council and Luton Borough Council, in G4s Children’s Homes, Academies in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. We are seeing continuing improvement in the practice of secondary, academies, learning centres special schools and primary schools, celebrating their successes. This means that nearly 50,000 children and young people are getting better drug education with better policy, more confident staff and more effective early intervention processes. This has resulted in changes in behaviour around drugs and alcohol as young people focus on the way substances affect their lives right now and develop protective skills. Staff and governors are more confident to deal with substance related concerns after receiving training, parents are getting involved in schools. Early intervention referrals to drug and alcohol services are making real impact for vulnerable young people. We are delighted with the outcomes we are seeing. As more areas look at finding a robust way to address drug and alcohol issues with young people are looking at the DrugAware Programme, coupled with our new packages to identify the needs of vulnerable young people through the Ngage Suite of Tools
The programme's success has meant that we are now offering DrugAware and the full range of resources for other areas who may wish to duplicate this success via our shop.
Being a 'DrugAware School' means you are safer, smarter and better prepared to address drug and alcohol issues if they arise and are working together to tackle the harm that drugs and alcohol can present.