The key steps involved in supporting schools to deliver alcohol and other drug education are provided below. This is a useful starting point for developing your Community Action Plan and informing your approach.
Please note though that these steps only provide an indicative guide and that it is important to tailor your approach to your local community:
1. Engaging schools
2. Providing evidence around local need
3. Providing evidence around local needs
4. Linking schools to quality programs
5. Supporting schools with communication
Table 2: Enablers and barriers to delivering AOD education in schools
• Australian Government schools are required to deliver drug and alcohol education
• Drug and alcohol education fits within existing school curriculum, including health and wellbeing.
• AOD education has benefits for individual students, families, the school and the broader community.
• School teachers are time-poor with multiple competing demands.
• The school curriculum is full with little room for flexibility and additions.
• The school may be concerned about the potential for parent backlash if the AOD education is poorly communicated or delivered.See 3e Supporting schools with communication.
Local Drug Action Teams can be a resource for local primary and secondary schools.
A key role of Local Drug Action Team may be to help link schools to quality AOD education programs. This may include:
Communication around AOD education is important. If done poorly, it may lead to parents, students and the community being misinformed about the purpose, content and outcomes/benefits of the education.
Local Drug Action Teams have a role in supporting schools to involve parents in AOD education. Some strategies that schools and parents can employ to improve communication between parents and school staff include: