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School-based interventions on alcohol [PH7]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1

Who is the target population? Children and young people in schools. Who should take action? Head teachers, teachers, school governors and others who work in (or with) schools including: school nurses, counsellors, healthy school leads, personal, social and health education (PSHE) coordinators in primary schools and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education coordinators in secondary schools. What action should they take? • Ensure alcohol education is an integral part of the national science, PSHE and PSHE education curricula, in line with Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) guidance. • Ensure alcohol education is tailored for different age groups and takes different learning needs into account (based, for example, on individual, social and environmental factors). It should aim to encourage children not to drink, delay the age at which young people start drinking and reduce the harm it can cause among those who do drink. Education programmes should: ◦increase knowledge of the potential damage alcohol use can cause – physically, mentally and socially (including the legal consequences) ◦provide the opportunity to explore attitudes to – and perceptions of – alcohol use ◦help develop decision-making, assertiveness, coping and verbal/non-verbal skills ◦help develop self-esteem ◦increase awareness of how the media, advertisements, role models and the views of parents, peers and society can influence alcohol consumption. • Introduce a 'whole school' approach to alcohol, in line with DCSF guidance. It should involve staff, parents and pupils and cover everything from policy development and the school environment to the professional development of (and support for) staff. • Where appropriate, offer parents or carers information about where they can get help to develop their parenting skills. (This includes problem-solving and communication skills, and advice on setting boundaries for their children and teaching them how to resist peer pressure.)

What was measured: Proportion of schools that reported that they provided pupils with lessons about alcohol
Data collection end: December 2014
100%
Area covered: England
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England

What was measured: Proportion of pupils who said that they recalled a lesson on alcohol in the last year
Data collection end: December 2014
53%
Area covered: England
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England

What was measured: Proportion of pupils who said that their schools gave them enough information about alcohol
Data collection end: December 2014
56%
Area covered: England
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England



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