The Drug Education Forum, as well as highlighting the work of member organisations, produces resources which are collated on these pages.

2011

• EU and UK youth's views on drugs

The European Commission commissioned a survey of young people's views on drug issues. This briefing paper looks at the key findings from the survey and analyses the results that have come from the UK.

[Download: EU Youth Attitudes on Drugs]
EU Youth Attitudes on Drugs

• Principles for Supporting School Drug Education

Children and young people often find visitors to school a useful and informative part of their learning, but equally we know that for visits to be successful there need to be shared understanding about the nature and content of the session/s. This short briefing is intended to set out principles that visitors and schools should consider applying in ensuring a good experience and outcome from using external support in a school’s delivery of drug education.

[Download: Effective Visitors]
Effective Visitors

• The Coalition's Policy Developments

An update of the coaltion government's policy developments after their first year in power.

[Download: The Coalition's Policy Developments]
The Coalition's Policy Developments

• Prevention and Reduction - Strategies for Schools

The DfE have published a paper looking at what works in prevention. The paper describes what the international evidence shows about interventions which have been shown to have an impact on youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Much of the evidence comes from the field of substance misuse prevention. There are some clear messages for schools prevention activities which we have sought to précis here.

[Download: Prevention and Reduction - schools]
Prevention and Reduction - schools

• PSHE update

This briefing provides an update on what we know so far regarding the Department for Education's internal review on how to support PSHE teaching in schools.

[Download: PSHE briefing]
PSHE briefing

• Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

A précis of the WHO's suggestions for reducing the harms done by alcohol to young people. Interventions they recommend include price controls, alcohol education, public health campaigns and community programmes.

[Download: WHO - Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol]
WHO - Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

• The Principles of Good Drug Education

Choosing the best approach to drug education is a key task for educators. There is no shortage of guidance, information, and materials but choosing the most relevant and supportive for the group or groups you lead depend on a number of factors outlined in this paper.

[Download: The Principles of Good Drug Education]
The Principles of Good Drug Education

• Elements of Effective Drug Education

The Drug Education Forum's paper on the learning cycle can be downloaded here. The paper looks at each element of the cycle covering guidance on needs assessment, planning, delivery/intervention, reflection and assessment and evaluation.

[Download: Elements of Effective Drug Education]
Elements of Effective Drug Education

• Frequently Asked Questions on Drug Education

A paper explaining some of the terms associated with delivering drug education, including what we mean by needs assessment, risk and protective factors, normative education, and the difference between universal, targeted and selective prevention.

[Download: Frequently Asked Questions]
Frequently Asked Questions

• PSHE and Drug Education in England

This briefing is a précis of research carried out by the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research to assess the state of PSHE teaching in England. Issues covered include the frequency that schools teach drug education, the way in which it is taught and the elements that have been identified in delivering effective PSHE education.

[Download: PSHE and Drug Education in England]
PSHE and Drug Education in England

• Early Intervention

A briefing on Graham Allen's report on Early Intervention: The Next Steps published in January 2011. The briefing gives an overview of the report and highlights the programmes and developmens of particular interest with regard to children and young people's substance misuse and drug education.

[Download: Early Intervention: The Next Steps]
Early Intervention: The Next Steps

2010

• Drug Strategy Consultation Response

The Drug Education Forum's response to the consultation on a new drug strategy. We emphasise the need for comprehensive universal drug education, delivered by trained professionals, that works with and supports parents and communities.

[Download: DEF Response to the Drug Strategy Consultation 2010]
DEF Response to the Drug Strategy Consultation 2010

• The Coalition 2010

An update of the coalition government in the first few months of office.

[Download: The Coalition 2010]
The Coalition 2010

• Ofsted - PSHE Education in Schools

A short précis of a report into PSHE education in schools published by Ofsted in July 2010. The précis focuses on what the inspectors have to say about drug education in primary and secondary schools.

[Download: PSHE in Schools]
PSHE in Schools

• Update on Random Drug Testing

Following a recent study published by the US Department of Education on The Effectiveness of Mandatory- Random Student Drug Testing (2010) in US schools it seems timely to update our briefing on drug testing in schools (DEF, 2006).

[Download: Random Drug Testing 2010]
Random Drug Testing 2010

• The US Drug Strategy

A précis of what the US drug strategy has to say about the Obama Administration's approach to drug prevention. The strategy focuses on empowering communities, providing prevention interventions in a range of settings, supporting the commissioning and dissemination of research, looking at how enforcement agencies can support prevention, and tackling drug driving.

[Download: US Drug Strategy]
US Drug Strategy

• US Prevention Strategy

Notes from a lecture given by Deputy Director of the Office for National Drug Control, Professor Tom McLellan, in which he talks about the development of 'prevention prepared communities'.

[Download: Prevention Prepared Communities - the US Drug Prevention Strategy]
Prevention Prepared Communities - the US Drug Prevention Strategy

• Chair's Report 2010

A report detailing the work of the Forum over the previous 12 months presented to members of the Forum at the AGM in March 2010

[Download: Chair's Report 2010]
Chair's Report 2010

• Tellus 4

The TellUs 4 survey contains the data used by government to measure the prevalence of drug use by young people. Illegal drug use seems to be falling with 9 per cent of pupils saying they had ever tried drugs in TellUs 4, compared to 11 per cent last year.

[Download: TellUs 4]
TellUs 4

2009

• The Two Sides to Fear

An article originally published in Druglink in 1994 about the use of fear based messages with young people in relation to drug use. The article argues that fear is a strong motivator for many young people, but not all and for the latter group these messages are counter productive. The article is hosted here with permission.

[Download: The Two Sides of Fear]
The Two Sides of Fear

• Blueprint Final Report - Executive Summary

The Home Office's Blueprint drug education programme research project was an evidence-based, multi-component programme that was piloted in 23 schools in England during the spring terms of 2004 and 2005. This report outlines key learning points for future education programmes and the implications this has for policy development in this area.

[Download: Blueprint - Executive Summary]
Blueprint - Executive Summary

• Delinquent youth groups and offending behaviour

A friendship with deviant peers is an identified risk factor for possible pathways to early and more problematic patterns of drug use. This briefing paper examines the evidence for this as identified in Delinquent youth groups and offending behaviour: findings from the 2004 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey.

[Download: Delinquent youth groups and offending behaviour]
Delinquent youth groups and offending behaviour

2008

• Tellus 2008 - Survey Findings

The Ofsted’s latest TellUs survey includes questions about health behaviours, including ones on smoking, drinking and sub-stance misuse. It provides the data that the government will use to judge the success or failure of the Public Service Agreement which includes National Indicator 115 on young people’s substance misuse.

[Download: Tellus 2008]
Tellus 2008

• Use of Alcohol among Children and Young People

Précis of research into young people's attitudes towards alcohol.

[Download: Use of Alcohol among Children and Young People]
Use of Alcohol among Children and Young People

• Boys and Girls Use of Drugs

A paper looking at the differences between boys and girls use of drugs using the findings from the 2007 survey of school pupils carried out by the Information Centre.

[Download: Boys and Girls Drug Use]
Boys and Girls Drug Use

• Precis of the Drug Strategy

A summary of the government's drug strategy focusing on what it says about children and young people.

[Download: Drug Strategy Precis]
Drug Strategy Precis

• Drug Use 2007

A paper examining the findings from the government's annual survey of school pupils in England.

[Download: Drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England in 2007]
Drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England in 2007

• The Reclassification of Cannabis

A short briefing on the advice given to the government on cannabis by their statutory advisers, the ACMD, and the governments decision to reclassify the drug to Class B.

[Download: The Reclassification Of Cannabis]
The Reclassification Of Cannabis

2007

• A Response to Pathways to Problems

The Drug Education Forum's response to the ACMD's report into drug services for young people.

[Download: DEF Response to Pathways to Problems]
DEF Response to Pathways to Problems

• Public Service Agreements

A briefing note on the contents of PSA 14 and 25. The PSAs are developed as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review and describe the government's ambitions for services for the period 2008 - 2011. PSAs 14 and 25 deal with substance misuse. This briefing note looks at what they say about children and young people and the services to them and their families.

[Download: Public Service Agreements]
Public Service Agreements

• Young People's Drug Use

A briefing on young people in England's smoking, drinking and use of illegal drugs.

[Download: Young People's Drug Use]
Young People's Drug Use

• Drug Education and School Policy

A briefing on what the government's annual survey of young people aged 11 - 15 says about drug education and school policies.

[Download: Drug Education and School Policy]
Drug Education and School Policy

• DAAT Survey Report 2007

Results from a survey of Drug and Alcohol Action Teams in England. This is the second survey of Drug and Alcohol Action Teams that the Drug Education Forum has conducted. The results of this survey highlight the concerns that Drug and Alcohol Action Teams have about funding. This year has seen a 10% cut in the Young Peoples Substance Misuse Grant, and the responses have been clear.

[Download: DAAT Survey Report 2007]
DAAT Survey Report 2007

2006

• Involving Children and Young People in Drug Education

This report describes examples of practice across a range of settings where children and young people have been actively involved in the development of drug educational approaches and/or policy. Examples of young people’s involvement were gathered through interviewing children, young people, teachers and youth workers in four settings and we have also been provided with examples by members of the Drug Education Forum.

[Download: Involving Children and Young People in Drug Education]
Involving Children and Young People in Drug Education

• Random Drug Testing in English Schools

This paper is intended to provide a short overview of the current knowledge about random testing and to raise some questions that we hope will aid the debate on this subject.

[Download: Random Drug Testing in English Schools]
Random Drug Testing in English Schools

• Key Figures 2006

We often assume we know what children and young people’s use of drugs are. This briefing is intended to give the reader an, at a glance, overview.

[Download: Key facts 2006]
Key facts 2006

2004

• Is that legal?

In February 2004, the government published Drugs: Guidance for Schools on the provision of drug education and the development of school drug policies to manage drug related incidents. This report carried out shortly after the guidance was published investigated local awareness of the new guidance and sought comments on the content of drug education and the development and implementation of drug policies in schools. We interviewed governors, teaching staff and pupils. The study cannot be said to be representative but provides a useful – and somewhat concerning - snapshot 7 - 8 months after the launch of the new guidance.

[Download: Is that Legal?]
Is that Legal?

• School Drug Policy Review Process

A document that helps schools (and others) think about the process of developing a drug policy which will include drug education and managing drug incidents. The paper was developed by the government's Blueprint team and is hosted with permission.

[Download: School drug policy review]
School drug policy review

• Advice for Teachers on Delivering Drug Education

Practical advice for teachers on the delivery of drug education.

[Download: Advice for Teachers on Delivering Drug Education]
Advice for Teachers on Delivering Drug Education

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