Below is a selection of papers published by Mentor to support teachers and practitioners working in the field of drug and alcohol education and prevention.

Mentor research and briefing papers

“We don’t get taught enough”: An assessment of drug education provision in schools in England

This paper presents findings from Mentor’s London Youth Involvement Project and ADEPIS research, as well as key learning from the implementation of ADEPIS in schools in England. This work was published by the peer-reviewed international journal, Drugs and Alcohol Today.

Mentor’s Head of Programmes Jamila Boughelaf also presented these findings with a poster at the Sixth EUSPR Conference in October 2015 – view the poster presentation here.


Involving families affected by substance use in alcohol and drug education
[Nov. 2014]
This resource aims to: help schools and families to accrue benefits and avoid mistakes in collaborating to deliver alcohol and drug education; ensure approaches are based on available evidence and good practice; and make sessions as beneficial as possible for pupils, families and teachers.


Drug and alcohol education in schools
[Sept. 2013]

This report details research carried out by the PSHE Association, on behalf of Mentor, to inform ADEPIS’ work in supporting schools to deliver drug and alcohol education and prevention. The findings outlined in this survey are the result of a detailed online survey of respondents from 288 schools (primary and secondary) and 20 follow-up telephone interviews. A summary of the report can be found here.


Drug prevention programmes in schools: What is the evidence?
[Nov. 2011] (Reviewed Dec. 2013)

A detailed briefing paper on the research evidence about which alcohol and drug education approaches are most successful.


Drugs and Young People: A Briefing Paper
[Sept. 2011]

A two-page briefing paper on the trends in prevalence and attitudes towards alcohol and drugs amongst young people and young adults.


ADEPIS briefing papers

Mentor-ADEPIS briefing papers are written with schools and practitioners in mind, to help support their work in educating and protecting young people with regard to the harms of alcohol and drugs.

Click the links below to access PDF versions of each briefing paper.

Updating your drugs policy to include NPS
A Window on the Developing Brain
The Brain Under Construction [1]: a window into the developing b
School-based alcohol and drug education and prevention – what
Preventing CYP mental health full
Psychoactive substances full
life skills education full
NPS Jan2016 update
Ecig updates 2015
Advice for teachers full
Resilience full
EI full
Making it Inclusive full
Legal highs and NPS
Efficient needs assessment
Caffeine and energy drink full
4 questions full

Thinking PREVENTION briefing papers

This set of papers ‘Thinking Prevention’ will help those involved in drug and alcohol education and prevention to set out a clear public health case for their work.

Disengaged from school, engaged with drugs and alcohol? [Jan. 2013] (321.0 KB)

Young people’s drinking: health harms and NHS burden [Jan. 2013] (483.0 KB)

Drugs, alcohol and youth crime: Counting the cost [Jan. 2013] (730.2 KB)

Smoking prevention among young people [Jan. 2013] (636.2 KB)

Alcohol, drugs and sexual health: Tackling under-18 conceptions [Jan. 2013] (176.6 KB)


Drug Education Forum papers

Access the series of six papers produced in 2012 by the Drug Education Forum for schools and others involved in drug education or informal drug prevention:

The principles of good drug education [March 2012] (81.1 KB)

Principles for supporting school drug education [March 2012] (83.4 KB)

Beyond the lesson plan [March 2012] (168.1 KB)

Engaging parents in drug education in schools and in the community [March 2012] (169.7 KB)

Learning from life skills programmes in drug education [March 2012] (157.5 KB)

Legal Highs [March 2012] (162.7 KB)


London Youth Involvement Project papers

Learn what young people think about alcohol and drug education in these documents produced based on findings from participants in our London Youth Involvement Project in 2013:

Safer At Home – recommendations for parents

Safer At School – recommendations for schools

Safer On The Streets – recommendations for police