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Jenny and the Bear

Topic: Tobacco

Description: The “Jenny and the Bear” story book and Name the Teddy competition, are part of a co-ordinated programme which aims to increase awareness of the effects of secondhand smoke on children and what parents/carers can do to ensure their children are not exposed to its harmful effects.

The programme consists of a story being read to pupils by their class teacher, followed by a classroom activity to agree a name for the bear in the story.  The teddy bear names are then entered into a competition and the winners will be awarded a teddy mascot for their class (1 class from each local authority area in GG&C).  Letters are sent out to all primary schools in GG&C at the start of the school year with information on how to register for the programme.

The story of the little girl and her teddy offers the opportunity to explore the themes of secondhand smoke, a favourite toy, rewarding positive behaviours and consideration for others. In addition, all children who take part in the programme will be given a booklet version of the story to take home. It is hoped that this will support parents/carers reading to their children and raising awareness of the issues of secondhand smoke within the wider family.

Type: Lesson Plan, Online Resource, Film, Book

Target group: Early

IT/practical requirements: A video version of this story is available as a YouTube link for live streaming

Implications for staff: None

Cost attached: No

Resource link: NHSGGC: Jenny and the Bear / Name the Teddy

QA Tool: Jenny and the Bear QA Tool

Choices for Life: Liam’s Story (Tobacco)

Topic: Tobacco and Peer Pressure

Description: Togther with PACE Theatre, Choices for Life have produced a series of dramas “Someday” which are all interlinked. They tell the story of Liam, Sophie and Scott as they experience peer pressure, smoking, drugs and alcohol for the first time.

Liam’s story is about a young boy and his school ates who try to persuade him to smoke to fit in with the crowd and the consequences that follow (smoking, peer pressure, fitting in).  The film lasts approximately 15 minutes and can either be watched on its own or as part of the someday series covering other substance misuse topics.  

Type: Online resource, Film

Target group: Second Level

IT/practical requirements: Access to the internet required 

Implications for staff: None

Cost attached: No

Resource link: 

QA Tool: Liam’s Story QA Tool

Smokefree 4 Me

Topic: Tobacco

Description: The Smokefree 4 Me programme is a health education initiative which aims to prevent smoking uptake and encourage young people to make an informed choice to stay smoke free.  The Programme is open to all S1 and S2 classes across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Classes can take part in the programme in different ways depending on the interests and needs of the pupils as well as the amount of time available in class to undertake activities.  The programme is split into five themes:

  • Theme 1:  Health Effects of Smoking
  • Theme 2:  Peer Influence and Decision Making
  • Theme 3:  Smoking and the Law
  • Theme 4:  The Tobacco Industry, Advertising and Promotion
  • Theme 5:  Tobacco, Poverty and the Environment

Each theme has an accompanying lesson plan with background information on the topic, suggested ideas for lesson development and a topical newsletter.

Type: Lesson Plans, Online Resource, Pack

Target group: Third

IT/practical requirements: All secondary schools in Greater Glasgow and Clyde have previously received a hard copy of the pack but please follow the link below for the most recent version with up to date statistics. Some lessons may require IT access in class depending on activities chosen.

Implications for staff: No training required but CPD sessions may be available in each local authority area via your local CPD calendar.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link:  NHSGGC: Smokefree 4 Me (click link to register and download the pack) 

QA Tool: Smokefree 4 Me QA Tool

Trade Winds

Topic: Tobacco

Description: Trade Winds: Learning about Tobacco is an interdisciplinary resource for primary schools and is targeted at P5-P7 pupils (second level).  

The pack covers all curriculum areas and is designed to enable children to extend their learning beyond the health impacts of tobacco to a consideration of broader tobacco issues.

 The pack is split into 7 topic areas:

  • Topic A – Setting the Scene
  • Topic B – History of Tobacco
  • Topic C – Health Effects of Smoking
  • Topic D – Secondhand Smoke
  • Topic E – Cost of Tobacco (Global and Local)
  • Topic F – Influences on Smoking (Media and Peer Pressure)
  • Topic G – Extending Children’s Learning Through the Arts

Type: Lesson Plans, Online Resource, Pack

Target group: Second

IT/practical requirements: All primary schools in Greater Glasgow and Clyde have previously received a hard copy of the pack but please follow the link below for the most recent version with up to date statistics. Some lessons may require IT access in class depending on activities chosen.

Implications for staff:  No training required but CPD sessions may be available in each local authority area via your local CPD calendar.

Cost attached: No

Resource link: NHSGGC: Trade winds  (click link to register and download the pack) 

QA  Tool: Trade Winds QA Tool

Tobacco-free Secondary Schools

Topic: Tobacco

Description:

By aspiring to be a smoke-free school, schools can support young people to make confident, responsible, effective decisions about their health and wellbeing. There are many different factors that lead young people to smoke and the extent to which smoking is prominent and accepted in the environment around them plays a crucial part. Consistency between what is experienced in the school environment and reinforcing smoke-free messages in the classroom is key.

The pack includes a range of practical tools and resources and is arranged into 2 parts that can be used independently or together:

Part 1 – Guide to becoming a Tobacco-free School

This guide document is intended to support a school through the steps required in order to become a tobacco free school. It explains the background, why it is important and key issues.   This guide replaces the previous “Tobacco-free Schools – Helping You Achieve It” guide by Smokefree Services and Ash Scotland.

The guide breaks down the process into 10 steps – and these are laid out in a very practical way that is easy to follow. There is a suite of templates available to guide the schools through the process – these can be found in Appendix 1 and are fully editable Microsoft Word documents. 

Part 2 – Tobacco-free Schools Teaching Pack

Secondary pack aligned to Curriculum for Excellence 3rd and 4th level (S1-S3) although reference is also made in the pack to the importance of continuing activity through Senior Phase, for which this material would be suitable.

There are 23 different activities over 10 topic areas.   It is not necessary for all activities or topics to be used – teachers are free to “pick and mix”.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing tobacco
  • benefits of being smokefree
  • smoking and health
  • dealing with peer pressure and building confidence
  • e-cigarettes and vaping
  • smoking and mental health
  • smoking and physical activity
  • money money money
  • towards a Smokefree Scotland
  • cigarettes, plastic and the environment

Type: Lesson Plan(s), Online Resource

Target group: Third, Fourth, Senior phase

IT/practical requirements:

Quit Your Way Smokefree Schools have 1 printed copy of the resource for every secondary school in Greater Glasgow & Clyde.  To request your free copy please email: Quityourway.smokefreeschools@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

The pack is also available online:

  1. Visit https://www.ashscotlandmoodle.org.uk/
  2. Select the ‘tobacco-free secondary schools’ course
  3. Create a new account to get started.

If there are any issues accessing the electronic version please contact eLearning@ashscotland.org.uk

Implications for staff: none

Cost attached: none

Resource link: Tobacco-free Secondary Schools

QA Tool: Tobacco-free Secondary Schools QA Tool

As it is

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs.

Description: The AS IT IS DVD is a resource that tackles the issues of gang fighting, territorialism, offending behaviour and substance misuse. The DVD was produced by a partnership of statutory and voluntary agencies based in Glasgow. Accompanying pack was developed by Glasgow Council on Alcohol.  DVD includes interviews with real people and graphic imagery which some people may find disturbing. The resource challenges entrenched thinking by showing how choices made by gang members have impacted in their own and other people’s lives.  Police Scotland advise that the resource is an early intervention toolkit and can be used with P7, S1 & S2 pupils.  This resource will generate discussion and provoke different thinking with all age groups.  It is recommended that parental consent should be obtained if this resource is to be used with persons under the age of 16. It is strongly recommended that staff view the films and teaching aids prior to use.  If additional hard copies are required please contact Inspector Stevie Kinvig, Police Scotland.

Type: Pack.

Target group: Second; Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements: Access to DVD Player/PC & Projector to allow DVD to be played.

Implications for staff: The nature of this resource means that staff should review prior to use, young people may have experienced gang fighting & consequences & as a result may require support during and after use of the resource. DVD contains graphic scenes of violence.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: TBC

QA Tool:

Buzzin

Topic: Drugs.

Description:  Buzzin explores the impact of solvent abuse on the lives of young people living in the fictional town of Duncastle through the use of  a DVD and lesson plans. The resource aims to raise awareness of dangers and effects of volatile substance abuse.

Type: Online resource.

Target group: Third. 

IT/practical requirements: Internet required to download pack and film.

Implications for staff: Pack has a teachers guide included.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link:  http://www.re-solv.org/education-prevention/

QA Tool: Buzzin QA Tool

Drugs Awareness

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs.

Description:  Drug Awareness is an interactive intervention to introduce the risks and effects of legal and illegal drugs with an alcohol and drugs harm reduction focus. The aim is to raise knowledge and awareness of different legal and illegal drugs and highlight the physical, social and emotional effects of drug use/misuse at a secondary school level and ensure pupils have an understanding of the negative consequences of taking drugs. This intervention uses methods that are interactive, current, and engaging for the young people enabling them to discover information and guidance on drugs.

Type: Lesson plan.

Target group: Third.

IT/practical requirements: List of resources required indicated in facilitator’s notes.

Implications for staff: This resource is normally delivered by GCA in schools.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Drugs Awareness (zip)   email@glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org

QA Tool:

Choices For Life: Choices (NPS)

The Choices resource was produced prior to the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act and shows a young person buying NPS from a shop.  This, however, may be a useful discussion point to demystify any beliefs still held that you can legally purchase NPS from a shop or on-line. This does not detract from the wider learning in the film in relation to risky behaviours and substance misuse in general.

Topic: Drugs (New Psychoactive Substances)

Description: The film focuses on Ben as he is faced with a variety of choices around the topic of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). This is an interactive video drama where learners get to make the choices for Ben and see the consequences. There are a variety of choices that can be selected.  

Type: Online resource, Lesson Plan, Film

Target group: Fourth level, Senior Phase

IT/practical requirements: Access to the internet required 

Implications for staff: None

Cost attached: None

Resource link: 

QA Tool: Choices QA Tool

Substance Misuse Primary Education Lesson Plans

Topic: Alcohol Drugs & Tobacco.

Description: The Substance Misuse Education Working Group have created new lesson plans (Early, First and Second Level) which are based on the Substance Misuse Education Resource Pack developed by Educational Services and NHS staff from West Dunbartonshire. A range of activities are provided which include interactive quizzes, paired working and individual learning. Some lesson plans have follow-up activities to further develop children’s learning on the topic. Home activity exercises have been included in some lessons to reinforce learning and promote discussion between parents/carers and their children. Additional lessons will continue to be developed by the Substance Misuse Education Working group in order to create a framework for substance misuse education.

 Early levelP1 lesson 1 – People who help meP1 lesson 2 – Unsafe situations and emergenciesFirst levelP2 lesson 2 – Decision makingP3 lesson 2 – RisksP3 lesson 3 – Decisions, Decisions!P4 lesson 1 – ConsequencesP4 lesson 2 – Peer pressureP4 lesson 3 – MedicinesP4 lesson 4 – What to do in an emergencySecond levelP5 lesson 1 – What are substances part 1: alcohol and tobaccoP5 lesson 2 – What are substances part 2: drugs and solventsP5 lesson 3 – Consequences – Risks and effectsP5 lesson 4 – Doing the right thingP6 lesson 1 – What are drugs part 1: legal drugsP6 lesson 2 – What are drugs part 2: illegal drugsP6 lesson 3 – RisksP7 lesson 1 – Consequences: drugs and the lawP7 lesson 2 – ResponsibilitiesP7 lesson 3 – Antisocial behaviour and substance misuse

Type: Lesson plans, online resource

Target group: Early; First; Second. 

IT/practical requirements: Access to PC and internet required for some lessons.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Substance Misuse Primary Education Lesson Plans (zip files)

QA Tool: Primary Education Lesson Plans QA Tool

Substance Misuse PSE Curriculum Pack

Topic: Substance Misuse: drugs (including NPS), alcohol and tobacco

Description: 

Provides teachers with suggested lessons and resources to support delivery of substance misuse lessons as part of the PSE curriculum in Secondary Schools.  Learners will develop their understanding of the use and misuse of a variety of substances including over the counter and prescribed medicines, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, solvents and new psycho active substances.  They will explore and develop their understanding of the impact of risk taking behaviour on their life choices.  Learners are enabled to make informed personal choices with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles.

S1 Module

  • Lesson 1 – What is a drug
  • Lesson 2 – Sophie’s Story (Alcohol)
  • Lesson 3 – Peer Pressure
  • Lesson 4 – Understanding the school’s policy on drugs

S2 Module

  • Lesson 1 – Drug names and effects
  • Lesson 2 – Drugs and the law
  • Lesson 3 – So what do you think you know about alcohol?
  • Lesson 4 – Why do people use drugs?

S3 Module

  • Lesson 1 – What’s in a unit?
  • Lesson 2 – Helping other people
  • Lesson 3 – Smoking: attitudes, myths and facts
  • Lesson 4 – Choices (NPS)

S4 Module

  • Lesson 1 – Cannabis: the facts
  • Lesson 2 – Risky situations
  • Lesson 3 – Keeping safe – emergency action
  • Lesson 4 – Social implications of substance misuse

S5 Module

  • Lesson 1 – Alcohol and advertising
  • Lesson 2 – Trouble in town
  • Lesson 3 – Alcohol & Drugs, what do you think?
  • Lesson 4 – Scott’s Story (cannabis)

Type: Lesson Plan(s), Online Resource, Film

Target group: Third; Fourth; Senior phase.

IT/practical requirements: None

Implications for staff: None

Resource link: Substance Misuse PSE Curriculum Pack (zip files)

Cost attached: No

QA Tool: PSE Curriculum Pack QA Tool

Alternative resource links (no zip files):

Sun, sea and safety

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs

Description:  *Resource linked to Fourth Level E’s and O’s, however use is recommended with Senior Phase students* Sun, Sea and Safety is an interactive intervention to increase knowledge of the impact of alcohol on safety whilst abroad taking a harm reduction focus. The aim is to reduce the negative impact of alcohol use/ misuse while abroad and raise awareness of different risky situations and consequences. This intervention uses methods that are interactive, current, age appropriate and engaging for the young people enabling them to discover information and guidance on alcohol.

Type: Lesson plan.

Target group: Senior phase.

IT/practical requirements: List of resources required indicated in facilitator’s notes.

Implications for staff: This resource is normally delivered by GCA in schools.

Resource download link: Sun Sea Safety (zip)   http://www.glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org/contact/

Cost attached: No.

QA Tool: 

Take a Drink

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs

Description: Drama performed by PACE Theatre Company highlighting the dangers of risk taking behaviour to young people, for example, the consequences/situations facing young people under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. The drama follows three characters who attend a party and all have very different experiences due to their excessive alcohol consumption. Follow up workshops are delivered by Glasgow Council on Alcohol to allow discussion about issues raised in the play.  This play is commissioned by NHS GG&C for all Glasgow Secondary Schools at present.  If you are interested in running a similiar project outwith the Glasgow area please contact PACE Theatre Company directly.  Take A Drink 2012 Evaluation Report available on request.

Type: Performance/Drama

Target group: Third; Fourth; Senior phase. 

IT/practical requirements:  Stage area required or large hall depending on audience size. Drama company provide all required equipment including sound equipment.

Implications for staff:  None.

Resource link: http://www.pacetheatre.com

Cost attached: No.

QA Tool:

The Drugs Wheel

Topic: Drugs

Description:  Drugs wheel resource contains up to date names and categories for illegal drugs, new psychoactive substances (drugs formally known as legal highs), solvents and prescription drugs used recreationally.  Can be used to raise awareness during class discussion and the Drugs Wheel game supports young people to work as a group to categorise the drugs.  Could complement a lesson on the effects of drugs. 

Type: Online resource.

Target group: Third; Fourth; Senior phase

IT/practical requirements:  All resources are available for download via the website.  Powerpoint version also available for use on Smart Board.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: The Drugs Wheel

QA Tool: QA Tool Drugs – The Drugs Wheel

Young Booze Busters Website

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs; Tobacco.

Description:  Interactive, incentive based information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  This online resource contains information for young people and parents/carers as well as video clips, games, competitions and a link to Becky Booze Buster. Provides information on alcohol.  Additonal information on drugs and tobacco has recently been added.

Type: Online interactive resource.

Target group: Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements:  Computer with internet access.  You Tube access required to watch videos.  Link to Becky Booze Busters is via Facebook or email.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: http://www.geaap.com/     Young Booze Busters

QA Tool: 

Choices For Life Film: Scott’s Story (Drugs-Cannabis)

Topic: Drugs (Cannabis)

Description:  Together with PACE Theatre, Choices for Life have produced a series of dramas “Someday” which are all interlinked. They tell the story of Liam, Sophie and Scott are they experience peer pressure, smoking, drugs and alcohol for the first time and must face the consequences that lead from it. 

Scott’s story is about a young adult who decides to use cannabis to help him cope with stress. The film shows how this choice impacts his life. Explores many of the consequences of cannabis: its effects on relationships, motivation, school work, reliability and drug driving.  The film lasts approximately 15 minutes and can either be watched on its own or as part of the Someday series covering related themes. 

Type: Online resource, Film

Target group: Third Level, Fourth Level, Senior Phase

IT/practical requirements: Access to the internet required 

Implications for staff: None

Cost attached: None

Resource link: 

QA Tool: Scott’s Story QA Tool

Substance Misuse Toolkit Working Group

For information or advice regarding the content of this toolkit, quality assurance process or amendments to resources please contact the SMT working group at: 

substancemisuse.toolkit@ggc.scot.nhs.uk     

Education Establishments

Advice and Support 

If you are concerned that a young person requires support with alcohol or substance issues, please follow your organisation’s own policies and procedures and discuss with senior management.

There may be additional local support services available within your area. Please contact substance misuse working group for more information if you are unaware of these.

substancemisuse.toolkit@ggc.scot.nhs.uk     

Youth Organisations

Advice and Support

If you are concerned that a young person requires support with alcohol or substance issues, you should direct them towards an appropriate service.

It is better to contact services now to clarify their referral criteria and procedures, rather than waiting until a young person urgently needs their help!

The Greater Glasgow and Clyde Substance Misuse Education Working Group consists of NHS and Education staff who have worked together to create the ‘Substance Misuse Toolkit’. This online resource contains quality assured substance misuse education resources to support staff working with young people in both education and community settings. Resources include lesson plans, resource packs and relevant websites.

The Substance Misuse Toolkit aims to reduce harm caused by substance misuse by:

  • Equipping staff with the knowledge and confidence they require to teach pupils about the effects, risks and consequences of substance use by providing them with a range of materials and methodologies.
  • Encouraging learners to make informed choices about alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  • Supporting an age appropriate and inclusive approach to education in relation to substances within the context of a Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Identifying evidence based resources and approaches and share good practice with staff across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
  • Ensuring that resources are up to date and fit for purpose.
  • Ensuring ongoing quality assurance processes are in place to monitor and further develop the site.

Quality Assurance

The Greater Glasgow and Clyde Substance Misuse Education Working Group meets regularly to ensure that resources included within the Substance Misuse Toolkit are evidence based, up to date and of a high standard. The group consults with key stakeholders regarding the accessibility, content, usefulness and areas for improvement.

The Greater Glasgow and Clyde Substance Misuse Education Working Group has developed a quality assurance tool to assess the content of resources against agreed indicators. The tool is consistent with the principles and values of local and national policy including Curriculum for Excellence, GIRFEC and the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Education Model. Resources which meet the standards set by this review process are then incorporated into the Substance Misuse Toolkit.

The Quality Assurance Tool Template can be accessed here.

Policy Context

The need to support children and young people to make positive choices about alcohol, drugs and tobacco has been highlighted by a number of national and local policy documents. Substance Misuse Education is a priority within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Alcohol and Drug Prevention & Education Model and is a Health & Wellbeing organiser within Curriculum for Excellence. Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) ensures that wellbeing is central to all of our work in meeting children and young people’s needs.

Further information on the policy context can be found here.

Alcohol and the Community

Topic: Alcohol.

Description: Alcohol focused activity for use in Social Studies. Young people will begin to understand how alcohol misuse can have a negative effect on the local community.

Type: Lesson plan.

Target group: Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements: Access to IT desirable for additional research by young people but not essential. Flipchart paper and pens required. 

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Alcohol and the community (pdf)

QA Tool: Alcohol and the Community

As it is

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs.

Description: The AS IT IS DVD is a resource that tackles the issues of gang fighting, territorialism, offending behaviour and substance misuse. The DVD was produced by a partnership of statutory and voluntary agencies based in Glasgow. Accompanying pack was developed by Glasgow Council on Alcohol.  DVD includes interviews with real people and graphic imagery which some people may find disturbing. The resource challenges entrenched thinking by showing how choices made by gang members have impacted in their own and other people’s lives.  Police Scotland advise that the resource is an early intervention toolkit and can be used with P7, S1 & S2 pupils.  This resource will generate discussion and provoke different thinking with all age groups.  It is recommended that parental consent should be obtained if this resource is to be used with persons under the age of 16. It is strongly recommended that staff view the films and teaching aids prior to use.  If additional hard copies are required please contact Inspector Stevie Kinvig, Police Scotland.

Type: Pack.

Target group: Second; Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements: Access to DVD Player/PC & Projector to allow DVD to be played.

Implications for staff: The nature of this resource means that staff should review prior to use, young people may have experienced gang fighting & consequences & as a result may require support during and after use of the resource. DVD contains graphic scenes of violence.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link:   

QA Tool:

Assessing the impact of advertising

Topic: Alcohol.

Description: Alcohol based activity focussing on the impact of advertising for use in Social Studies. Can be used as a standalone lesson or to complement Take a Drink Drama performance. Explores the extent to which young people’s choices and decisions around alcohol consumption can be influenced by advertising.

Type: Lesson plan.

Target group: Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements: Access to IT would be useful for further research by young people but not essential. Selection of magazines and newspapers would be useful.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Assessing the impact of advertising (pdf)

QA Tool:

Sun, sea and safety

More information coming soon…

Analysis of Alcohol Facts and Figures

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs.

Description: Alcohol/Drug based activity for use in Mathematics. Can be used as a stand alone lesson or to complement Take a Drink Drama performance. Explores the effects of alcohol/drugs on society by analysing relevant data.

Type: Lesson plan.

Target group: Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements: Access to computers required for pupils to research topic and present findings.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Analysis of alcohol facts and figures (pdf)

QA Tool:

Health, Safety and Dignity

Topic: Alcohol.

Description: A four week peer education programme for use with S1 and S2 pupils developed by senior pupils in St Roch’s High School in Glasgow.  The course focuses on alcohol and has three themes: safety, health and dignity.  The course comprises a series of interactive workshops to help young people make positive choices about alcohol.  The pack can be used by staff to deliver alcohol education to young people or by senior students wishing to gain experience of peer education delivery. Positive choices about alcohol.

Type: Pack.

Target group: Second; Third; Fourth; Senior phase.

IT/practical requirements: Access to smartboard required for session 3 –WEBSITE REFERRED TO NO LONGER AVAILABLE, please usehttp://choicesforlifeonline.org/cards/alcohol-the-effects-on-your-body.aspx

Implications for staff: Support for delivery of this resource is provided by Glasgow Council on Alcohol.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Health, Safety and Dignity

QA Tool:

Myths and Facts

Topic: Alcohol.

Description: Resource pack which includes bottles and units activity, alcohol quiz and discussion around safety tips and advice. Explore common myths and misconceptions around alcohol and alcohol use.

Type: Pack.

Target group: Third.

IT/practical requirements: For best results the session should be delivered along with a collection of bottles, jar of pickled liver and beer goggles.  Please contact your local GCA office or Health Improvement Team to borrow resources.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Myths and Facts (zip)

QA Tool:

Rory

Organisation

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Course Name

Rory – using the Rory resource in Schools

Aim of the course

Aim 

  • Learners will enhance their awareness and understanding of the problems caused by alcohol in Scotland;
  • have a greater awareness of the impact of harmful parental drinking on children and families;
  • more confidence to respond to children who are or may be affected by parental drinking.

Description of Training course

The training explores the Rory storybook and resource pack, which aims to build resilience and protective factors in children.  The pack comes with a range of age appropriate lesson plans and activities which focus on exploring relationships, development of problem solving and communication skills. 

Dates of training (Day, date, year)

Throughout year, available from training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk 

Participants (who should apply? Criteria?)

Primary school staff (P1-7) who would like to learn more about Rory and how it can be used with children aged five to eleven years, building resilience and increasing social & emotional wellbeing.  

Trainers / organisation

Alcohol Focus Scotland is the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.

We want to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals, families, communities and Scotland as a whole.

We want to see fewer people have their health damaged or lives cut short due to alcohol, fewer children and families suffering as a result of other people’s drinking, and communities free from alcohol-related crime and violence. 

Closing date to apply to attend (for example – 2 weeks before the course start date)

Until course is full 

Time

This is a 4hr course delivered over 2 x 2hr sessions, usually 4pm-6pm.

Contacts / booking details / website etc.https://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk 

Call: 0141 572 6700

Venue

Varies, contact provider training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

Choices For Life: Sophie’s Story (Alcohol)

Topic: Alcohol

Description:   Together with PACE Theatre, Choices for Life have produced a series of dramas “Someday” which are all interlinked. They tell the story of Liam, Sophie and Scott as they experience peer pressure, smoking, drugs and alcohol for the first time and must face the consequences that lead from it. 

Sophie’s story is about a group of school girls who have been invited to a house party and offered alcohol.  It focuses on Sophie, who gets really drunk and the consequences that follow.  

The film lasts approximately 15 minutes and can either be watched on its own or as part of the someday series covering other substance misuse topics.  You can also see what happened to Sophie after the party by watching the follow on film “Facing the consequences” – a documentary style drama exploring long and short term consequences.

Type: Online resource, Film

Target group: Third Level

IT/practical requirements: Access to the internet required 

Implications for staff: No additional training required

Cost attached: No

Resource link: 

QA Tool: Sophie’s Story QA Tool

Take a Drink

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs.

Description: Drama performed by PACE Theatre Company highlighting the dangers of risk taking behaviour to young people, for example, the consequences/situations facing young people under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. The drama follows three characters who attend a party and all have very different experiences due to their excessive alcohol consumption. Follow up workshops are delivered by Glasgow Council on Alcohol to allow discussion about issues raised in the play.  This play is commissioned by NHS GG&C for all Glasgow Secondary Schools at present.  If you are interested in running a similiar project outwith the Glasgow area please contact PACE Theatre Company directly.  Take A Drink 2012 Evaluation Report available on request.

Type: Performance/Drama.

Target group: Third; Fourth; Senior phase.

IT/practical requirements: Stage area required or large hall depending on audience size. Drama company provide all required equipment including sound equipment.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: http://www.pacetheatre.com

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Young Booze Busters Website

Topic: Alcohol; Drugs; Tobacco.

Description: Interactive, incentive based information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  This online resource contains information for young people and parents/carers as well as video clips, games, competitions and a link to Becky Booze Buster. Provides information on alcohol.  Additonal information on drugs and tobacco has recently been added.

Type: Online interactive resource.

Target group: Third; Fourth.

IT/practical requirements: Computer with internet access.  You Tube access required to watch videos.  Link to Becky Booze Busters is via Facebook or email.

Implications for staff: None.

Cost attached: No.

Resource link: Young Booze Busters

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Oh Lila

Organisation

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Course Name

Oh Lila – a learning resource for pre – school aged children

Aim of the course

The course explores the key themes of the Oh Lila resource and how it relates to building resilience in children. Oh Lila is linked to the curriculum for excellence with a particular focus on Health & Wellbeing.

On completing training learners will:

  • Have enhanced awareness and understanding of the problems caused by alcohol in Scotland
  • Be more aware of early years policies and strategies
  • Be able to identify ways to confidently use Oh Lila
  • Be more confident in managing disclosures

Description of Training course

Oh Lila is a flexible resource which aims to build resilience and protective factors in young children, helping them to explore their emotions, develop social skills and identify trusted adults. The 4 hr workshop provides learners with an interactive and engaging experience.

Dates of training (Day, date, year)

Throughout year, available from training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

Participants (who should apply? Criteria?)

Target group – Nursery workers and practitioners working with children of pre-school age (3-5yrs) to help them to identify trusted adults and understand that asking for help is a positive behaviour.  

Min/max participants – Min 6 and max of 18

Trainers / organisation

Alcohol Focus Scotland is the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.

We want to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals, families, communities and Scotland as a whole.

We want to see fewer people have their health damaged or lives cut short due to alcohol, fewer children and families suffering as a result of other people’s drinking, and communities free from alcohol-related crime and violence.

Closing date to apply to attend (for example – 2 weeks before the course start date)

Until course is full

Time

Training is delivered over 4 hours – usually 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm.

Contacts / booking details / website etc.https://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

Call: 0141 572 6700

Venue

Varies, contact provider training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

This online resource contains quality assured substance misuse education resources to support staff working with young people in both education and community settings. Resources include lesson plans, resource packs and relevant websites.

The Substance Misuse Toolkit aims to reduce harm caused by substance misuse by:

  • Equipping staff with the knowledge and confidence they require to teach pupils about the effects, risks and consequences of substance use by providing them with a range of materials and methodologies.
  • Encouraging learners to make informed choices about alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  • Supporting an age appropriate and inclusive approach to education in relation to substances within the context of a Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Identifying evidence based resources and approaches and share good practice with staff across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
  • Ensuring that resources are up to date and fit for purpose.

When selecting resources from this toolkit staff should ensure that not only topics are covered but that there is an emphasis on risk and resilience across all stages in the health and well being curriculum. An overview of all the resources can be found here

Service Overview

Click here to access a complete listing of all lesson plans, and resources found in the toolkit.  

Resources can be filtered by topic, CfE level and resource type. Alternatively, you can click on the individual summary tables for each topic area using the links from the main menu.

Useful Websites

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Alcohol Focus Scotland is Scotland’s national alcohol charity. The website provides accurate and accessible information about alcohol, its associated harm and how it affects different sections of society.  Global, national and local policies, research findings and current news articles can be found on the site as well as briefings on key alcohol issues e.g. minimum pricing and licensing.

Aye Mind

Can young people use the internet, social media and mobile technologies to improve their mental health and wellbeing? Aye Mind has worked in collaboration with young people and workers to bring together a suite of positive digital resources and methods, for widespread use.  Created in partnership between Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS, Snook, the Mental Health Foundation and Young Scot.

Choices for life

Website containing information, advice and facts about drugs, alcohol, tobacco and online safety. Aims to raise awareness amongst young people about the risks and dangers of substance use and misuse, including smoking, alcohol consumption and drugs.

Know the Score

Website which contains real-life stories relating to substance misuse. The website also includes downloadable substance information leaflets, information on a range of drugs, appropriate agencies for signposting purposes, regular police warnings, and updates regarding both legal and illegal substances. Provides information regarding effects and legal issues of drug use and misuse.

Quit Your Way

NHS service with specialist support for schools and youth organisations.  The service aims to give young people information about smoking and tobacco to allow them to make informed decisions. Smokefree Services give young people easy access to facts about smoking and information on how to access local support to stop smoking.

Smokefree Young People and Schools Services covers the following:

  • Youth Stop Smoking Service
  • Smokefree Schools
  • Smoking prevention
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Work with Schools and Youth Organisations to develop Smokefree policies 

Talk to Frank

Website which contains downloadable information, videos, quizzes, interactive games, and advice regarding drugs. The website also highlights real stories relating to substance misuse and provides relevant signposting information. Provides factual information and up-to-date advice on drugs, and a range of issues relating to substance use and misuse.

Tobacco Free Generation

Youth work essentials developed by Ash Scotland and Youth Scotland with support from Youthlink Scotland, Fast Forward, Young Scot and Scottish Government as part of the Youth Sector Tobacco Prevention Group (YSTPG).  The site provides

  • information on tobacco in Scotland and your area;          
  • accessible session ideas and resources;
  • tobacco awareness raising sessions for workers;                           
  • case studies and examples of effective practice;
  • networking opportunities;
  • Support to help your group or organisation address tobacco issues effectively.

NHSGGC Prevention Network

Prevention is defined as encouraging and developing ways to support and empower individuals, families and communities in gaining knowledge, attitudes and skills in which to avoid or reduce alcohol and drug issues and alcohol and drug related harm.

CAPSM

Information regarding the long term impact on children affected by parental substance misuse.

Training

Evidence from the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Prevention and Education Model has shown that ongoing training or support for staff is essential to promote best practise. Staff groups responsible for delivering programmes and interventions to ensure greater programme fidelity.

Scottish Drugs Forum – Alcohol General Awareness, Dugs General Awareness, Cannabis, Substance Misuse, Motivational Interviewing and Stigma

Alcohol Focus Scotland – Rory, O’Lila, Adam and CHAT (Children Harmed by Alcohol Toolkit)

Health Matters: Conversations about Change – NHS Health Related Behaviour Change training (4 hour workshop)

Education Staff – Please remember to also check your local authority education CPD calendar for specific training within your area.

Latest News

New Tobacco resources for August 2019!

The NHS GGC tobacco pack for primary schools Tradewinds has been fully revised and updated and can be accessed here.

We also have a new resource for secondary schools from Ash Scotland which is well worth a look.  The Tobacco-free Secondary Schools is suitable for 3rd and 4th level as well as senior phase and can be accessed here.

SMT Working Group

This page is for the use of members of the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Substance Misuse Education Working Group

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