To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.
Resilience is required to refuse an opportunity provided in a social group to try or take illicit substances.
Drug use is a concern in many communities. Risk taking behaviours like taking drugs, drinking alcohol, smoking and truancy tend to ‘cluster’ together, and the reasons for this are complex. Risk factors such as living in poverty, family difficulties and bullying can lead to disengagement from school, which in turn increases the likelihood of disruptive behaviour, drug smoking, drinking and drug use.The school community have a key role is preventing or delaying harmful use of drugs in children, young people.
Summary guidance provides recommendations for targeted interventions to prevent misuse of drugs, including illegal drugs, ‘legal highs’ and prescription-only medicines for schools and school communities.
By the end of primary school pupils should know:
- The facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use, and drug taking.
By the end of secondary school pupils should know:
- The facts about legal substances and illegal substances, including drug-taking, and the associated risks, including the link to serious mental health conditions.
- The law relating to the supply and possession of illegal substances.
- Awareness of the dangers of drugs that are prescribed but still present serious health risks.