The Drug Education Forum

Location: England
Demographic: schools; educators; practitioners
Delivery setting: schools; communities
Years active: 1995 – 2012
Contact email:
Keywords: alcohol and drug education; schools; communities


About the Drug Education Forum

The Drug Education Forum was funded by the Department of Education between 1995 and 2012 to inform and improve drug education in England, and managed by Mentor from 2005 – 2012. The DEF served as a reference hub of best policy and practice, analysing complex data and providing expert analysis and commentary for smaller and non-specialist organisations, as well as national members.

 The DEF contributed extensively to government consultations, and was involved in key developments in drug education. As a free expert resource for practitioners nationwide, it also had significant impact at local level.

Continuing our work: ADEPIS

The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was launched in April 2013 as a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention.

 ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools. The resources we have already produced draw on our eight years of work managing the Drug Education Forum.

Mentor received additional funding in 2015 to take on management of the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT), allowing us to further embed expert advice and develop evidence-based tools for local practice in prevention and education.


Briefing papers

The most recent (2012) set of DEF briefing papers can be found in the Briefing Papers section of this site.

Archived blog

You can access the DEF blog here: