The latest United Nations publication on ‘Good policy and practice in health education’, titled ‘Education sector responses to the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs’ features Mentor-ADEPIS as a “prime example” of good practice. ADEPIS is Mentor’s Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service.
The booklet refers to web-based knowledge portals such as ADEPIS giving “important ongoing support to school prevention and health promotion staff.” It also features an extensive case study on ADEPIS as, “a promising initiative – the development of national teacher guidance and resources, training and quality standards.” The booklet has been developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The publication describes ADEPIS as “a promising practice because it follows relevant evidence-based standards, applies them to a local context….and is a prime example of collaboration between governmental and third sector organizations, and facilitates professional development and the sharing of best practice.”
In preparation for the publication, Mentor was invited to contribute to the development of the new international guidance at a four-day International Expert Meeting on Substance Use among Children and Young People held in Istanbul in October 2015. Mentor’s Head of Programmes Jamila Boughelaf attended the event and presented on substance misuse prevention, education and training.
The UN publication immediately follows the announcement on 13 March of additional funding of ADEPIS by Public Health England for the next three years. Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism, Sarah Newton said of the additional funding: ”I am hopeful that the ADEPIS programme can continue to have a positive impact on young people, giving them the tools and confidence they need to resist being drawn into drug and alcohol misuse.”
Mentor’s Chief Executive Michael O’Toole said:
“It is very gratifying to achieve this level of international recognition for our ADEPIS programme. We have worked hard to ensure ADEPIS delivers the best service to professionals in the field and also to highlight the importance of evidence based prevention education. We are also delighted to secure additional funding from Public Health England for the next three years. So taken together we see a bright future for sustained improvements to drug and alcohol education.”