National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference 2018 – Save the Date

Empowering youth through prevention and education Save the date: 21st June 2018 More details coming soon – watch this space About the conference Alcohol and drugs are taught at a basic level through the science curriculum in schools, but the life and resilience skills that young people need to prevent drug use and enable them to make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol as they get older can be better developed through Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education or other teaching opportunities. Schools, local authorities and educators in non-formal education settings can benefit from guidance regarding effective, evidence-based alcohol and drugs prevention programmes, as well as support to improve training, content and delivery. The Alcohol Education Trust The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) is a national charity providing evidence-based resources on alcohol for 11-18 year olds across the UK, training for teachers and youth leaders and good parenting workshops. Visit www.alcoholeducationtrust.org and www.talkaboutalcohol.com to learn more. Mentor Mentor is a national charity working to prevent the misuse of alcohol and drugs among children and young people. Their work is rooted in building young people’s resilience, helping them develop the life skills they need in order to negotiate challenging situations. Mentor provides children and young people with the appropriate knowledge, skills and positive health values to help them develop the self-confidence to make their own decisions. Visit www.mentoruk.org.uk to learn...

Why do parents and teenagers consistently overestimate the percentage of young people who drink alcohol and the prevalence of drunkenness?

Press release: Embargoed until 4 September  Why do parents and teenagers consistently overestimate the percentage of young people who drink alcohol and the prevalence of drunkenness? Parents and carers think they are justified in supplying alcohol to teens because they perceive it’s the norm and assume that someone else will supply it if they don’t 78% of parents overestimated the number of teenagers who drink alcohol– just 38% of 11-15 year olds have tried alcohol and only 4% drink weekly Only 3% of parents correctly identified that 20% of 16-24 year olds get drunk regularly – most thought at least half did. 49% of parents and carers believed friends and peers were the prime suppliers of alcohol to their children and whereas it is actually themselves.   The Alcohol Education Trust, which supports over 1,400 schools to prevent alcohol related harm has, in the past twelve months, interviewed parents and carers and secondary school children about their attitudes and behaviours around alcohol. At a series of events throughout England, 650 11-15 year olds took part in face-to-face interviews. In addition, more that 300 parents and carers were questioned before and after an information session delivered by AET specialist staff on how to keep children safe around alcohol. The results may surprise you – 49% of adults didn’t realise that parents are the prime supplier of alcohol, believing it to be friends and peers – and 65% of children believed this too. Commonly, parents and carers thought that giving their children alcohol would stop them getting it from somewhere else and at least that way they’d know what they were...

AET shortlisted for two awards

We are delighted to hear that the Alcohol Education Trust has recently been shortlisted for two awards for our work to minimise alcohol related harm among young people and delay the age of first consumption. Having been the Highly Commended finalist in the best secondary resource in the Education Resource Awards 2017, we’re thrilled to say we are now shortlisted in the Charity Times Award for best small charity of the Year 2017. We are also a finalist in the Children and Young People Now! Awards for the best early intervention. We will know the results in October and November so watch this...

First festivals and holidays away with friends – advice for parents

Those of us with older children can breathe a sigh of relief as GCSEs, and A levels are over! But all that free time brings challenges too, with post exam parties, long light evenings, festivals, holidays in the sun and days spent in the park or on the beach – It’s especially hard to get our children to listen to to us as they get older. We have a special focus on festivals and group holidays away as we’re asked so many questions around these at our parent talks. Click here to read...

Public Health and police ensure the early intervention, evidence based Talk About Alcohol programme is commissioned across schools from September

We are very pleased to say that the commissioning of our full education pack with training in areas as diverse as Guernsey, Cheshire and Waltham Forest is proving very successful. In May, Public Health Guernsey supported the training of PSHE leads in Guernsey and Alderney, staff from Action 4 Children and The Youth Commission in two half-day training sessions. All attendees are now fully equipped to deliver the 6 evaluated lessons from our Talk About Alcohol programme from September. Cheshire training All PSHE leads across Cheshire are to receive Talk About Alcohol training thanks to the Cheshire Constabulary’s Safer Schools and Young People Partnership. The initiative is supported by Cheshire charity, Crimebeat, which recognises the importance of educating young people to raise awareness of the consequences of Alcohol misuse.  Training will be available for two members of staff from every secondary school in Cheshire. The first training session took place at Halton on the 12th June and training will continue rolling out in July with Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington. All schools will receive our brand new full education pack, which includes The ‘Talk about Alcohol’ 100 page teacher workbook, teacher guidance and lesson plans for children with SEN, a DVD of BAFTA award winning ‘Just a Few Drinks’ 4 short films, full access to the SEN area of our website with lesson plans, PowerPoints, 60 laminated discussion cards, pictures, scenarios and a quiz for use in class. The training showcases the 6 evaluated lessons followed by SEN specific activities. Cheshire Constabulary was founded in 1857 and is now responsible for policing nearly a million people. There are approximately 2,081...