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We need to acknowledge that alcohol and drugs are part of our society, and preparing students to take their place in society means working together.

Being proactive will give your school more options to keep students engaged. Waiting until issues arise limits the options available.

The evidence shows that a whole-school approach works to both keep students engaged in education and reduce their drug and alcohol-related harm. There are four tiers, each of which can have positive effect by itself. Taken together they make the biggest difference.

The NZ Drug Foundation is excited to be working with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Health Promotion Agency, service providers, and schools, to pilot a 'Whole School Approach' framework to reduce alcohol and other drug harm. The first resources from this project are now available on the new Tūturu website.

The four levels of a whole-school approach:

1. Creating positive school environments

2. Delivering effective education

3. Offering school-based support

4. Linking with professional treatment interventions

Questions to help your school plan

Here are some downloadable resources to help you out. Order hard copies here

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Use of alcohol & drugs

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