Dated: 11 Nov 2014
POLICY TITLE: Drugs Education in Schools
OWNING DIRECTORATE: Crime Department
AUTHOR: Superintendent, Force Intelligence Bureau
CONTACT DETAILS: 101 Ext
EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete
AIM OF POLICY: To demonstrate how Northumbria Police is committed to working with its partners to make a measurable impact on drug education.
BENEFIT OF POLICY: Raising awareness that all drugs can be dangerous and that young people and their families will receive credible, realistic and relevant information in order that such individuals can take action to protect themselves from the risks and dangers of drug misuse.
REASON FOR POLICY: Development of protocols with Education Authorities. The establishment of consistent, appropriate and proportionate responses to school based drug incidents, in circumstances that require a police intervention.
DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:
Northumbria Police supports the principles contained within the ACPO guidance 'Joining Forces', yet the Force recognises that teachers should be the prime deliverers of drug education in schools, and that it is not the role of the police to drive such educational inputs. The Force will, however, support education in schools by providing advice and guidance to teachers when requested.
Drugs education can also encompass the delivery of drug awareness inputs to adults and other groups involved with young people in order that they can better understand the complexities of drug misuse in their own environment.
SOURCE DOCUMENT: ACPO guidance ‘Joining Forces’
GROUPS AFFECTED: All police officers
ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: All staff