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Parents to receive lessons about drugs 16 February 2009

PARENTS are being invited back into the classroom for free awareness sessions about drug and alcohol misuse among young people.

The Department of Education is joining forces with the charity Care for the Family to stage the two-hour sessions at four schools next month.

The adults-only sessions are entitled ‘If you don’t talk to your children about drugs and alcohol…who will?’

Orla O’Donoghue, Drug and Alcohol Liaison Officer for the Department of Education, said:

‘The sessions will address communication within the family, explain what education is offered to secondary school students on drugs and alcohol, outline the legal implications of young people taking alcohol and drugs and detail how the police work closely with schools in order to prevent the up take of alcohol or other substances among the young.’

She added:

‘These awareness sessions are more compact versions of the eight-hour sessions we run entitled ‘How to drug proof your kids’.’

Conducting the sessions alongside Ms O’Donoghue will be Carolyn Shipstone, national representative of Care for the Family, and Constable Steve Stanley, a schools’ liaison officer with the Isle of Man Constabulary. All have attended specialist training in the UK.

Constable Stanley admitted:

‘There is a lot of confusion among young people about substance use and the law and this is shared by parents. Drug awareness education is important for parents and children alike.’

Mrs Shipstone said:

‘We aim to equip parents with the confidence to discuss any aspect of substance use/misuse with their children.’

Ms O’Donoghue added:

‘Parents who attend these sessions are always pleasantly surprised at the up-to-date, good quality education in personal, social and health curriculum their children receive in schools. The sessions are all about equipping the adults with the same information, so that they can sit down with their sons and daughters and make good choices.’

Sessions take place from 1.15pm to 3.15pm at:

Rushen Primary School 6th March

Scoill Ree Gorree 9th March

Ballacottier School 16th March

Peel Clothworkers’ School 23rd March

To book a place at a session, contact Mrs Shipstone on 491043.

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