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Opportunity for schools to access HCC funded PSHE consultancy and training - FREE support 2016

HfL on behalf of HCC will be providing a fully funded, free conference - the SRE Summit, Unplugged Drug Education Training along with SRE and Drug Education surgery support sesssions.

Due to high demand, please book early.

Full details in the flyer below:


Talking to your child about drugs

It can be difficult to talk to your children about drugs but it is a very important thing to do.

In a recent Hertfordshire survey, 72 per cent of year six primary school aged children said that theywanted their parents to discuss drugs and alcohol with them*. In general, most children, especially those under 16, trust their parents and will respond to the information and support that they offer.

Many parents can find it daunting to raise the subject of drugs with their children and are not always aware of the support and information available to help them. When a parent chooses to have this conversation with their child, it is vital that they have access to accurate, up-to-date information about drugs and their effects.

In Hertfordshire we would like to support parents with this. We are therefore asking for a few minutes of your time to
complete a survey, which will help inform future campaigns to raise awareness of this important issue.

Please follow this link to complete the survey. The closing date for responses is 22 May 2015.

If you have any concerns about your child and you need advice please visit or call 0300 123 6600.

For more information about health in Hertfordshire please visit:

Young and Smokefree Project

The Young and Smokefree project (YASF) is an interactive website exploring Tobacco industry tactics, effects of smoking, Government influence and how you can make a difference. There are video clips, games, quizzes and resources all aimed at challenging and informing Young people about smoking and the impact it can have on us.

Find out more on the website:

Making it Inclusive: Alcohol and drug education in multicultural settings

When delivering alcohol and drug education in multicultural settings including classrooms, teachers will need to tackle sensitive issues. Not all pupils are comfortable discussing certain topics, and some parents are reluctant to allow their children to explore certain themes. This briefing paper prepared by Mentor-Adepis, outlines key requirements to ensure the delivery of culturally sensitive alcohol and drug education in the classroom.


Hertfordshire Young People’s Substance Misuse Strategic Plan 2014–15 

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Talking to Your Child about Alcohol

Did you know that research shows that between the ages of 8-12, children are more likely to accept what their parents say about alcohol?  However, 13-17 year olds increasingly pay attention to their friends.  In order to start talking about alcohol it is might be useful to remember the following things:

  • Children see alcohol products when they are very young.  They are likely to be curious, so it’s never too early to start talking about it.
  • The effects of alcohol often crop up in TV shows and this could be a good opportunity to introduce the topic.
  • Find a natural time to talk.  Just as your child is on the way to a party isn’t the time to warn of the dangers of drinking.
  • It’s not a good idea to talk to your child about alcohol when they are drunk or hungover.  Wait until they are in a receptive mood.

In a recent survey in schools in Hertfordshire, data shows that children, who drink in year 10, mostly get their alcohol from home and 25% of secondary aged pupils said they have had an alcoholic drink in the last week.  80% of parents said they would ‘deal with it when it happened’ when it came to talking to their child about alcohol.  Talking to your child before this situation may prevent children from entering into risky situations.

If you need more support with this please go to:

Being informed means better choices.

Download poster:


Reviewing your Drug & Alcohol Policy

A toolkit for schools:

Also see Drug Policy for:


Hertfordshire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service

The drug and alcohol services in Hertfordshire have changed

Single Point of Contact Number: 0800 652 3169

For all queries, referrals and contact - this number has a menu of options to put you through to your local team. New hubs coming soon in Hatfield, Cheshunt/Waltham Cross and Borehamwood.



DfE and ACPO Drug Advice for Schools

The Department for Education and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have jointly produced this publication. It's non-statutory and helps answer some of the most common questions raised by school staff in this area. More...

Guidelines on drinking for under-18s

Facts & Advice to help you take the right approach. More...


The RECOVER Pack - a new resource aimed at professionals who work with families affected by substance misuse

The RECOVER pack has been developed in consultation with colleagues including Integrated Practice Teams, Adult Drug Services and Think Family leads.  Its aim is to provide services working with families with a comprehensive guide to encourage a holistic approach.  This approach can help to enhance the treatment given, enable providers to ‘think family’ more effectively and bridge gaps between adult and family services.  It also responds to concerns regarding adolescent drug use, safeguarding children and caring responsibilities.

The pack has been designed to set out some of the services that are available for young people, adult service users and for wider families and carers of all ages.

The RECOVER Pack can be viewed and downloaded on the Grid (where you will also find an order form) at: