The new document 'The Right Responses: Managing and Making Policy for Drug-Related Incidents in Schools', is published by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) and contains procedures for setting and reviewing an effective school drugs policy, provides step by step guidance on how to deal withemergencies, identifies the factors to consider when assessing the needs of a pupil and offers realistic responses to drug incidents designed to meet pupils' needs while maintaining firm boundaries for acceptable behaviour.
Speaking at the Secondary Heads Association Conference in Brighton last week, Mr Hellawell said:
'I have always stated that I wish to reduce the number of pupils permanently excluded from school for drug related incidents. In fact, drug incidents do not need to lead to negative consequences - on the contrary they can represent a spring board for school staff to tackle drugs issues and provide the support that may prevent a child from becoming caught up in the spiral of drugs misuse.
'This new guidance delivers sound, practical support which will help schools tackle this worrying phenomenon in the most constructive and effective way possible. Through this guidance, schools will find ways to reinforce the message that illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco and volatile substances are unacceptable, while seeking to help the pupils involved learn from their mistakes and re-invest in their education.'
1. The Right Responses: Managing and Making Policy for Drug-Related Incidents in Schools is published by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA). Schools may order the document free of charge from the DfEE Publications Unit - Prolog - tel: 0845 602 2260.
2. The Government White Paper 'Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain - A Ten Year Strategy for Tackling Drug Misuse', Cmd 3945, ISBN 0101394527, is available from the Stationery Office priced£6.50 (0171 873 0011).