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In 2014 the Ministry for Education and Employment issued a set of guideline for 'Substance abuse Prevention Programmes and Interventions in State School'. The guidelines focus on both informative and formative aspects so that young people are given the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to deal with such issues.
The guidelines are directed to school teachers in particular those who teach Personal, Social and Career Development and School Support Staff such as youth workers, social workers working in schools and Learning support Assistants.
Continuous professional development of school staff and school support staff is necessary to improve their skills and provide a more specialized area of knowledge and service to students. This training is important if class teachers are to do follow-up sessions after programmes are delivered.
The training to school support staff will help teachers to identify early signs of drug abuse or misuse and refer as necessary.
Schools can make use of the different agencies and services to organize training for school staff and school support staff as necessary.
The direct target group is the Secondary School Students cohort.
These drug education programmes are publicly funded