The government’s headline Psychoactive Substances Bill attracted criticism earlier this week when it was debated in the House of Lords. Mentor believes that evidence-based drug prevention and education represent the most effective means of ensuring that our children and young people grow up free from the harms of drugs – including NPS. Although the Bill suggests the government share this overall aim, the focus on legislation will likely lead to more resources being channelled into enforcement at a time when we need to improve prevention at a national level.
DrugScope, the PSHE Association and Mentor have come together to welcome the publication of the briefing paper, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Recovery Committee. The paper calls for quality drug education in schools.
Public Health England (PHE) published a new framework designed to address the health needs of young people. The framework outlines key principles to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people and to reduce inequalities.
Mentor is currently trialling the Good Behaviour Game (GBG), an innovative intervention which has been shown to have dramatic benefits on children's behaviour in school. If proven to be effective in the English context, GBG could have a long-term influence on the problems outlined in the recent Ofsted report which revealed that secondary schools in England are failing in increasing numbers.
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) recently released a paper, Ambitious for Recovery, which recognises the rising social and economic costs to society and sets out "a new course" for an incoming government to address alcohol and drug abuse in the UK.
Mentor responds to the ongoing debate surrounding the Home Office's recently published "controversial" report on the decriminalisation of drugs.
On the basis of evidence submitted in June to the Education Select Committee inquiry on Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education in schools, our CEO Michael O'Toole was invited as a witness, alongside other experts, to provide evidence at the House of Commons debate on Tuesday 4 November.