Drugs education course for parents

A well-established and respected course for parents and other adults to learn about the facts behind substance misuse is to be held in Westhill.

‘How to Drug Proof Your Kids’ aims to support those who have close relationships with young people in their journey to adulthood.

The programme concentrates on the important role a parent or carer can play in reducing the risk of harmful drug use. It also gives skills and knowledge that will help children make good choices

With an emphasis on prevention, it is designed to:

* Give parents/carers a realistic overview of drug use in society and its related harm.

* Provide parents/carers with an understanding of protective factors and the role they play in helping to steer their children and young people clear of harmful alcohol and other drugs.

* Equip parents/carers with skills and plans that will influence their children’s choices.

* Show parents/carers how their own beliefs, attitudes and behaviours about alcohol and other drugs can influence their children.

Aberdeenshire Council, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Aberdeenshire Local Tobacco Alliance, are committed to providing comprehensive substance misuse education to the children and young people of Aberdeenshire.

Chairman of the council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Richard Stroud, said: “This programme has been running across the authority since late 2010 and is now being delivered far more widely. It is based on world-best practices for raising healthy and happy children and young people and it is an excellent preventative programme that helps parents prepare and equip their children to make wise, healthy choices during the adolescent years.”

The course consists of six free weekly sessions each lasting two hours and will take place at Westhill’s Ashdale Hall from 7.15pm to 9.15pm, starting April 17.

Further courses are taking place across Aberdeenshire throughout 2012. For more information, or to reserve a place, contact Kate Bloomfield on (01651) 806203.