Education has developed a policy directive on drug, alcohol and tobacco education and the management of related incidents in support of the States of Guernsey Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2015-20.
A copy of this directive is available to download from this page.
Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE) should enable learners to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding about drugs, appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and relate this to their own and others' actions.
The management of drug, alcohol and tobacco possession and consumption on educational sites must comply with the law and ensure a responsible, appropriate response that takes into account the needs of learners and the duty of care to everyone on-site.
All schools must have a drug, alcohol and tobacco education programme which is developmental and appropriate to the age, maturity and ability of learners. It should cover information on medicines, volatile substances (e.g. aerosols, solvents, glue etc.) alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs (class A, B and C) new psychoactive substances (previously known as 'legal highs') and other unauthorised substances/stimulants (e.g. performance enhancing drugs in sports, caffeine etc.) It should:
- Provide accurate information
- Correct misunderstandings
- Build on knowledge and understanding
- Explore attitudes and values towards drugs, drug use and drug users
- Develop learners' understanding of the effect of drugs on physical and emotional health and well-being
- Develop learners' understanding of rules and laws
- Develop learners' interpersonal skills
- Develop learners' self-awareness and self-esteem
- Explore the risks and consequences of their own and others' actions relating to drugs