National Alcohol and Drugs Conference


Evidence-based best practice in alcohol and drugs education –

Empowering young people to make healthy choices


Date: Wednesday 19 October, 2016

Venue: Middlesex University London

A day for professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest research on alcohol and drugs prevention, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes, and receive planning & evaluation advice for effective PSHE.


Keynote (invited): Karen Bradley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime)


About the conference

On 19th October 2016 two charities, The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor UK, are bringing together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention. This conference and selection of workshops will offer teachers, PSHE leads, Local Authorities and those working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people the opportunity to learn about the most highly trialled and rigorously tested programmes that are available across the UK. 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.

On the day

The morning session is dedicated to exploring drinking and drug use trends among young people in the UK, Government and Public Health priorities for preventative and early intervention work in drugs and alcohol in England and about evidenced-based programmes. The morning will conclude with a Q+A session where delegates will be invited to share their questions and experiences around drugs and alcohol education to a panel of experts. The afternoon will offer delegates an opportunity to attend workshops on: effective PSHE planning for alcohol and drugs education; bespoke approaches for children with special educational needs; and meeting OFSTED criteria. The afternoon will also include taster training sessions for evidence-based programmes such as Talk About Alcohol, SHARHP, Unplugged and the Good Behaviour Game. Delegates will leave with resources and have and access to training PowerPoints. See the Conference plan and workshop details here.

Who should attend

The National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference will be beneficial to anyone working in the field of alcohol and drugs with young people, including:

  • primary and secondary school teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • PSHE coordinators
  • external education providers
  • community practitioners
  • Local Authorities
  • public health professionals
  • charities
  • youth offender teams
  • social workers
  • youth workers


FREE tickets are available for teachers and PSHE Leads. All others are asked to pay £90 for their ticket. This is to help offset the costs of the conference in such a way as to allow as many educators to attend. If you are unsure of whether you qualify for a free ticket, please email Kate Hooper at


Conference organisers and sponsors

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 and to learn more. Mentor Foundation UK 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 to learn more.


Middlesex University London Middlesex University is a modern university, known for its forward-looking approach to higher education and innovative teaching. It is located in Hendon, north west London, about 25 minutes by tube from central London.

Address: Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, Barnet, NW4 4BT

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