On this page we have provided a collection of substance misuse resources to use in schools

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Resources for schools

Below you can find a series of resources to use if you are an educational professional working with children.  

Rise Above for Schools programme

Public Health England (PHE) has developed a series of new resources for secondary school teachers to use in their lesson plans as part of the Rise Above for Schools programme. The resources aim to help teachers to engage pupils with coping strategies about ‘traditional’ health issues, like smoking and alcohol, while also addressing some of the most challenging pressures young people face today in an ‘always on’ social media generation. 

Preventing children and young people’s mental health and substance use problems

This briefing paper has been produced by the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) (2016) and provides teachers, educators and the wider school workforce with practical guidelines on how to prevent children and young people from developing mental health problems as a result of alcohol and drug misuse. Early detection helps teachers, parents and carers identify children’s emotional or behavioural challenges and assist in making available the appropriate services and support before their problems worsen and longer term consequences develop.

Nacoa's (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) information for teachers

To support teaching staff with some of the issues they may face, Nacoa has produced information pack for teachers (2015). The resource looks at identifying children affected by a parent’s drinking, how alcohol affects the family, frequently experienced issues, breaking the cycle and guidelines for teachers.

Identifying and supporting children affected by parental substance misuse: a booklet for schools

This booklet (2014) summarises key issues for pupils affected by parental substance misuse and how schools can consider supporting them. It was developed for the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Service (ADEPIS) by Adfam, the national umbrella organisation for those working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol.

Involving families affected by substance use in alcohol and drug education

This booklet by Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Service (ADEPIS) (2014) looks at how schools use external visitors - in particular people affected by addiction in their own families - to enhance the delivery of drug education sessions and PSHE. It uses existing good practice information, the current evidence base and case studies to show how such partnerships between schools, families and support services can be undertaken in the most effective ways. 

Supporting pupils with substance misusing parents: information for teachers and school

Our Include programme has produced this booklet for teachers and school staff (2013). Its goal is to raise awareness of some of the issues experienced by children and young people whose parents have problematic substance abuse. The booklet highlights the issues, gives suggestions for good practice and identifies support.

Pupils affected by parental substance misuse

In partnership with the (former) Princess Royal Trust for Carers, we have produced the Pupils with parents affected by parental substance misuse (2010) guide. The document is part of a larger resource, young carers and schools, which helps schools develop a deeper understanding of the issues faced by young carers, in order to support this vulnerable group of pupils more effectively and ensure they achieve their full potential.