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As part of the statutory duty on schools to promote pupils’ wellbeing, schools have a clear role to play in preventing drug misuse as part of their pastoral responsibilities. Further details on this duty are provided on the legislation website, a link is available on this page.
To support this, the Drug Strategy 2010 - also available on this page - ensures school staff have the information, advice and power to:
A link to FRANK website is available on this page.
1) Schools can develop a drugs policy which sets out their role in relation to all drug matters – this includes:
It should be consistent with the school's safeguarding policy. A drug policy framework which can be used can be found at Annex A.
2) Have a designated, senior member of staff with responsibility for the drug policy and all drug issues within the school.
3) Develop drug policies in consultation with the whole school community including;
4) To ensure support is available to pupils affected by drug misuse - including parental drug or alcohol problems - establish relationships with, for example;
Links to supportive national organisations can be on the last page of this article.
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The legislation website provides details of the statutory duty on schools to promote pupils’ wellbeing.
Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: Supporting people to live a drug free life
Information and advice for young people about the risks of illegal drugs. Also support for parents and carers, helping to give them the skills and confidence to communicate with their children about drugs. 24-hour helpline.