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Commissioner set to attend drug and alcohol education event

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is set to address multiagency partners at an event examining the impact of drugs and alcohol education on young people.

The PCC will speak at an event hosted by Life Skills Education CIC at Nottingham Trent University tomorrow (29 September) revealing the findings of research into its primary school programme across the east midlands which educates children on drugs and alcohol risks and how to make safe and responsible choices.

The results of the effectiveness study, carried out by Professor Andromachi Tseloni from Nottingham Trent University and Dr Emily Evans from the University of Nottingham, show the DARE programme doubled young people’s ability to make safe and responsible choices and improved their readiness to get help from others by 4.5 times. 

Those pupils who received DARE lessons also scored more highly when assessed on their knowledge about drugs, alcohol and substance misuse – 35% higher than those who were not on the programme.

Ahead of the event, Mr Tipping said: “This research, commissioned and delivered by local partners, once again demonstrates the power of education to protect young people from the risks of alcohol or drugs and to help them to make safe choices based on knowledge.

“Preventative work like this has far-reaching effects and can help steer young people away from dependency and the long-term consequences it brings.” 

As a keynote speaker at the event, Mr Tipping will discuss the engagement work undertaken by his Youth Commission and the need for early intervention with at risk young people and their families.

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Posted on Wednesday 28th September 2016
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