Prevention resources for parents, teachers and healthcare professionals

The school’s role in prevention is crucial. Young people’s attachment to school is a powerful protective factor which makes them resilient against substance misuse, and this is strengthened by a positive and supportive school ethos and by the delivery of high-quality alcohol and drug education. Schools are also well placed to intervene early if a young person’s alcohol or drug use is causing problems.

Here you will find resources developed to support alcohol and drug prevention and education provision in schools as well as community and non-formal educational settings.

Resources for all parents and carers

Drug prevention for parents

This guide brings together some of the best evidence-based advice and guidance from a range of leading organisations worldwide that work to prevent substance abuse, but it only highlights some examples.

Mentor International: drug prevention for parents (907.1 KB)


Talking to children about legal highs and club drugs

This handbook was developed by Adfam and the Angelus Foundation to help inform and support parents and carers in talking to their children about New Psychoactive Substances (NPS or so-called ‘legal highs’).

Click here to access Talking to children about legal highs and club drugs: a parent’s handbook.


Drug and alcohol factsheets

The Australian Drug Foundation has an excellent collection of free online resources for families and friends.


Find more resources:

Mentor International resource finder

Resources for grandparents and kinship carers

Kinship Care Guide for England

Click here to access the Kinship Care Guide for England.


Kinship Care Guide for Scotland

Click here to access the Kinship Care Guide for Scotland.


Mind the Gap – Grandparents Project video series