Michael O'Toole comments on the Taking a New Line on Drugs report, and looks forward to a more prominent role for prevention within the UK's approach to drugs misuse.
Michael O'Toole recently attended the ACEVO launch of Remaking the State, a landmark report he co-produced in his role as a Commission member. In this post, Michael shares his thoughts on prevention spending, and how charities like Mentor can play a much greater and more effective role as part of our public services.
In this post, Michael O'Toole reflects on the Home Affairs Committee report into psychoactive substances (New Psychoactive Substances - NPS) and the bill proceeding through parliament, which was published on Friday 23 October. The report highlights the importance of the voluntary sector in working alongside schools and other agencies in response to NPS.
Michael O'Toole shares his thoughts on he latest instalment of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) ongoing survey of young people, released last week. This year's report confirms the continuation of a number of positive trends, highlights areas for improvement, and, for the first time, provides useful insight into the scale of the NPS problem among young people.
Mentor is embarking on an important new project that seeks to change the way that we support kinship care families in England. In partnership with a consortium of charities, comprising Grandparents Plus, 4Children and the Child Bereavement Network, we will develop an Early Help Model to improve outcomes for children in kinship care.
Michael O'Toole reflects on the many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education more generally, following a speech by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, on preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.