Planning

Be mindful that there are numerous examples of programs that focus on AOD treatment and recovery, which is outside the scope of the LDAT Program and its focus on preventing alcohol and drug issues before they occur.

Existing or new program

We encourage Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) to link with any existing AOD programs that have been shown to work. Existing programs may target parents directly, or be designed for a broader group of people or key influencers.

A limited number of existing programs are listed below. You may find other programs through peak youth bodies, local health services or by drawing on local knowledge and networks. There may also be existing programs in place in your community that you can support and/or build on.

Existing programs in Australia which support teenagers:

  • Parenting Strategies: Preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse
    An online parenting program to help parents manage challenging issues they may face with their children, including alcohol and drug misuse, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
  • Raising Children
    The Raising Children Network occasionally provides free, live webinars and webinar courses on parenting children who have additional or complex needs.
  • Positive Choices
    Positive Choices provides a range of evidence-based information and resources to help parents and key influencers stay informed, communicate effectively, and implement strategies to protect teenagers from drug related harm.

Once you have found some existing programs, it may be useful to seek further information directly from the organisation offering the program to confirm its relevance and suitability.

You might want to consider the following questions (some answers may be available online, others you may have to seek directly from the relevant organisation):

  • Is the program available in your geographic area? If face-to-face delivery is not available, is remote access an option?
  • Has the program been shown to be effective at strengthening parent knowledge, skills and capacity around AOD, and reducing or preventing AOD harms? What evidence is available to demonstrate this?
  • Does the program focus on the prevention of AOD harms (not treatment or recovery)?
  • Does the program align with your community needs?

Due to the limited number of existing programs available, and the need for tailored approaches in many situations, many LDATs may work with partners to develop and deliver a targeted program in their community.

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Setting objectives

Setting objectives for your Community Action Plan is an important part of the planning process.

Some example objectives for programs to support teenagers are provided below. Teams can develop their own objectives, although you may find these a useful starting point:

  • Deliver three workshops for parents/key influencers over a six-month period
  • Following a workshop, at least 50% of parent participants report increases in their level of AOD knowledge
  • Following a workshop, at least 50% of parents report that their level of confidence to have meaningful conversations with their teenagers about AOD use has increased.
  • Establish two new partnerships with community organisations in the coming 12 months.

Working with community partners

Strong partnerships are critical to your success in preventing AOD harms in the community.LDATs work with a variety of community partners to deliver programs to support teenagers. This might include secondary schools, family support services, and other organisations that work directly with children and/or parents.

Partners can support your activity or project/s in different ways, including through leading activities, promotion, recruiting parents, providing expert trainers, financial support and other potential support.

The specific activity or program being delivered may influence the type of individuals, networks and organisations that your LDAT partners with.

Partners may include:

  • Individual parents
  • Secondary schools and their staff, including principals, teachers, student services consultants (counsellors) and administrative staff
  • School parent groups
  • General practitioners
  • Community health centres and neighbourhood houses
  • Health services and hospitals
  • Sporting clubs
  • Arts organisations (e.g. music, dance, drama)
  • Libraries
  • Local employers and workplaces
  • Local council/s.

Resources required

All AOD programs need to be adequately resourced. Below is an indicative list of resources required for community organisations to deliver programs that support teenagers. LDATs may be able to support community organisations by providing some of these resources or linking these organisations to other partners who can provide additional support:

  • Parent participants
  • Experienced workshop facilitator/s – this may be someone from the LDAT or a partner organisation. The facilitator does not have to be an expert in alcohol and other drugs, as workshop facilitation is about helping a group to gain skills and knowledge, rather than providing all the information. Note the difference between a ‘facilitator’ and someone with expert AOD knowledge – see below
  • Someone with expert AOD knowledge – having an expert present ensures the workshop information is factual and informed by evidence
  • Personnel time to liaise with community organisations and organise events
  • Catering costs – basic refreshments available before and/or after the event are often sufficient (e.g. tea, coffee, water, biscuits)
  • Funds to undertake police checks or ‘working with children’ checks (where necessary)
  • Venue for the workshop – this may include in-kind support to use a meeting room from a partner organisation, local library, school or community hall. Your local council will have a list of available places for community use. It is not appropriate for workshops to be held in people’s homes
  • Basic administrative tools – access to stationery and office supplies, printers, phones, printing, a workspace for administrative duties
  • Knowledge and funds to design and publish workshop, promotional or other material, or implement a marketing campaign to publicise the workshop
  • Insurance and liability coverage (where appropriate).
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