Prevention & Education

"Policies have been embedded in, or complemented by, a much wider framework of social action to create the capacity of both individuals and communities to resist drugs, including policies for children and young people aimed at enabling them to reach their full potential. In England, the Children's Plan aims to facilitate this (DCSF 2007). The devolved administrations take a similar approach, in Wales through Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011(Welsh Government 2011a). The GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) programme48 provides the methodology for delivering the Scottish Government’s three social policy frameworks: the Early Years Framework; Achieving our Potential; and Equally Well (Scottish Government 2008b;c;d), which aim to develop the prevention and early intervention agenda. In Northern Ireland, Our Children and Young People – Our Pledge: A 10 year strategy for children and young people in Northern Ireland, 2006-2016 (OFMDFMNI 2006) sets a framework for addressing the needs of young people. Improved education and early interventions for young people and families (especially those most at risk) and improved public information about drugs are priority areas."


Reitox Focal Point at Public Health England, United Kingdom Drug Situation 2013 Edition. UK Focal Point on Drugs Annual Report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Oct. 31, 2013, p. 52.…