The Education Office's policy directive on drug, alcohol and tobacco education and the management of related incidents supports the States of Guernsey Combined Substance Use Strategy 2021-26. A copy of this directive is available to download from this page.
The approach to drugs, alcohol and tobacco in education establishments should be a whole-school one - part of the commitment to and concern for the health and well-being of the whole school community.
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 enable learners to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding about drugs and should cover facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, the law, physical and psychological risks, an awareness of the dangers of prescribed drugs and where to go for help and advice. Schools across the Bailiwick use the programmes of study for PSHE from the PSHE Association as a basis for their drugs, alcohol and tobacco education programmes.
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.