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 3 years we have seen 58 secondary, academies, learning centres special schools and primary schools celebrating these successes with a full waiting list to join us. This means that nearly 23,000 children and young people are getting better drug education in our schools 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. With over 400 staff and governors receiving training, parents getting involved in all schools and referrals for early intervention up 400% we are delighted with the outcomes we are seeing. Nottingham City is an Early intervention City - DrugAware is one of a range projects dedicated to improving outcomes for young people in the City, making a real difference now and for the future.
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.
Parents and Carers
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