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Drugs Policy

DRUGS
EDUCATION AND INCIDENTS POLICY

 

 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  So glorify God in your body.”.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and good, to give you  a future and a hope”
(Jeremiah 29:11)
Background and context

 

  • Drug use is an issue that affects all of us through work, to health, crime, education and through the destructive effects on families and communities.  All Saints Catholic College is a voluntary aided school under the control of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds.  It is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive taking the majority of its students from Huddersfield Deanery, which included Brighouse.  Students also attend from Elland and Halifax.  Currently 818 students are on roll.  The staff at All Saints Catholic College are committed to providing an excellent standard of education in an environment where the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors are secure.
  • Current research indicates that drug use both legal and illegal is rising amongst young people. As part of the school’s care and welfare of its pupils, we believe we have a duty to inform and educate young people about drug use and misuse. Drugs are a reality in young people’s lives and schools share responsibility with parents and the community to educate pupils and their carers about the risks and consequences of drug use and misuse and to encourage them to make healthy, informed choices by increasing knowledge, challenging attitudes and practising skills. We also believe that the misuse of any drugs by members of the school community cannot be condoned and will be dealt with consistently and clearly with regard to the needs of the school and the individuals concerned. Fundamental to the school’s values and practice is the principle of sharing the responsibility for the education of young people with parents, keeping them informed at all times. Effective communication and cooperation is essential to the successful implementation of this policy.
  • The school actively cooperates with other agencies such as Community Police, Social Services and Health and Drug Agencies to deliver its commitment to Drugs Education.
  • This policy is aimed at all staff, students, governors, visitors and outside agencies working with All Saints Catholic College.

 

 

The Definition of Drugs:
“Drugs” are taken in this policy to mean those that are outlined below:


Illegal drugs

Class A drugs are: Ecstasy, LSD, heroin, cocaine, crack, magic mushrooms, amphetamines (if prepared for injection).
Class B drugs are: Amphetamines, Cannabis (Cannabis was reclassified from Class C to Class B in January 2009), Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Pholcodine (usually found in cough medicines – linctus).
Class C drugs are: Tranquilisers, some painkillers, Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Ketamine.

Legal drugs

Butyl Nitrates, Tobacco, Caffeine, Alcohol, Solvents, Chocolate

Prescription Drugs

GHB, Ketamine,

Over the counter medicines

Lemsip, Aspirin, Paracetamol, Benylin

 

The school believes that the possession and or use of such drugs in school, during the school day or while travelling to or from school is inappropriate and will not be condoned.  The drugs / substances covered by this policy are not to be bought, sold or otherwise exchanged or brought onto school premises during the school day or while the pupils are on school visits.  Individual exceptions may be made for pupils who require prescription medicine where appropriate.
Support staff (i.e. Heads of Year, student service staff and first aiders), acting in loco parentis, are authorised to dispense prescribed medication to pupils as advised by the pupils GPs. Before admission to the school, parents/carers are required to sign a consent form giving staff permission to dispense over the counter medication as required for the duration of their attendance at the school.

 

The National Anti-Drug Strategy states:
“No school is immune from the effects of medicines, alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances or other drugs legal and illegal, upon its pupils, their families and the local community.  Schools should develop a policy, in consultation with parents and governors that considers how they will deliver a drug-education programme and also addresses how to develop a range of responses to manage all types of drug-related incidents.  PSHCE provides a natural and appropriate provision of drug education in schools”
The aims of this policy are set out as follows:

 

  • To ensure that the students understand the facts (based on current knowledge) about drug use/misuse
  • To encourage an understanding of the possible benefits of drug use/misuse
  • To encourage a wider understanding of the possible health related and social issues
  • To ensure that students have the opportunity to explore their own experiences/attitudes and develop the skills that they need to make informed decisions in a drug taking society
  • To minimise the possible risks that users and potential users may face
  • To ensure that students, teachers and parents/guardians area aware of the support available in school from appropriate outside agencies.

 

Responsibility for the policy/implementation:
The Head teacher, Ms Anita Bodurka takes overall responsibility for the policy and its implementation in the school.  This responsibility includes liaison with the Governing Body, parents/carers, the LA and other appropriate outside agencies.
Drug Education is delivered across several areas of the curriculum, particularly Science, religious education and PSHCE lessons coordinated by Miss Rebecca Priestley, Assistant Head of Humanities as PSHCE Coordinator. Miss Priestley’s responsibilities include:

 

  • Policy development and review
  • Coordinating the drug education programme

 

The governor with special interest in health/drug policy is Ms Mills
Further support from the school’s designated person for safeguarding: Mrs Tracy Logan / Miss Alison O’Grady. 
The designated Person for Safeguarding in school responsibilities are:

 

  • managing drug related incidents
  • ensuring that the health, welfare and well-being of students with drug related issues is addressed in an appropriate and sensitive manner

 

 

This policy has been drawn up in consultation with governors, staff and parents.  The policy will feature in the school staff handbook and will be available to parents on request.  The policy will also feature as part of induction of new staff.


In the creation of this policy the following national and local guidance was used to inform:

 

  • Drugs: Guidance for Schools  (DfES, 2004)
  • Joining Forces - Drugs:Guidance for police working with schools and colleges (Home Office/DfES 2006)
  • Every Child Matters: Change for Children (DfES, 2004)
  • National Healthy School Programme/Kirklees Healthy School Programme guidance (2006)
  • Kirklees Guidance - Drugs in Schools: Getting it Right (2006) and Outline Policy Guidance (2006)
  • Kirklees HELP (School Drug Referral Scheme) -Guide for Schools (2006)
  • Home Office website information on drugs, 2011

 

The school’s stance towards drugs, health and the needs of pupils:


All members of staff are required to be vigilant in relation to all matters of health, welfare, safety and security. The effective operation of the school’s pastoral system depends on all colleagues sharing this commitment and being prepared to raise concerns with senior colleagues and those with designated responsibilities.

All pupils are also encouraged and reminded to be aware of the needs of their fellow pupils and to feel sufficiently confident to discuss problems or concerns with members of staff.


Where a member of staff has grounds for concern, he or she will normally be expected to bring these to the attention of the relevant senior member of staff who will alert the Head Teacher of the situation and discuss possible courses of action.


Everyone at All Saints must understand that the possession, use or supply of illegal and other unauthorised drugs within school boundaries is unacceptable.  All staff and visitors must understand that unauthorised drugs have no place in the school community and that the first concern in managing drugs is to safeguard health. 


At All Saints the possession of drugs is deemed unacceptable on the journey to and from school for students.  Once on site, students and staff must be aware that drugs will not be condoned and action will be taken to ensure safety of all.  Drugs (unless for pre-agreed medical purposes) should not be taken on school trips and staff should be vigilant and know procedures in the event of this.

 

The purpose of drug education within the school:


All pupils will follow an integral drug education programme that is responsive to their needs and relevant to their age, experience and maturity. It will be delivered through the existing curriculum, mainly Science, PSHCE and Citizenship, English and RE. The curriculum will focus on the development of self-esteem and decision making skills to minimise the impact of negative consequences.

All staff will be provided with adequate training and support to help them deliver effective drug education and respond to situations with consistency and sensitivity, taking into account of the Catholic ethos of All Saints, social and cultural issues.

There is a procedure for the management of drug-related incidents, agreed by staff and governors, of which parents and pupils will be made aware.  The Drugs-related incident folder with various documentation outlined in this policy which will be kept in Miss Letermy's office for use by all staff, and monitored by the SLT.

We shall share the responsibility for the education of pupils with parents, who will be informed and involved through newsletters, letters home and individual discussions when appropriate.
The school works with other agencies to provide relevant information and coordinated support: Connexions, school nurse, Kirklees PSHCE LEA advisors.
Drug education should enable pupils to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding about drugs and appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, relating this to their own and others’ actions  
Location of the Policy

Copies of the Policies will be available to anyone who wishes to refer to it on the school VLE and internal network. A copy will be kept with Miss Letermy's, Secretary to the Head. Information leaflets will be available to parents and students. Teachers and support staff can access information in the staff handbook.

Staff with key responsibility for drugs

Miss R Priestley – Assistant Head of Humanities Faculty is the Co-ordinator for the PSHCE programme, her responsibilities are as follows:-

 

  • develop and review policy, involving pupils, staff, parents / carers and local agencies
  • implementing the policy, monitoring, and assessing its effectiveness in practice
  • co-ordinating the drug education programme
  • establishing links with external agencies e.g. Connexions, Chlasp (Chlamydia screening)
  • accessing and co-ordinating training and support for staff

Drug Education

Drug Education in this school aims to enable all our pupils to make healthy informed choices by increasing their knowledge, exploring a range of attitudes about drug use and developing and practising their decision making skills. The programme we follow will be based on national guidelines provided by the DfES and be sensitive to the age and experience of our pupils. Teaching will be based on an understanding that a variety of approaches should be used in order to meet the individual needs of our pupils. The majority of teaching will be done within discrete PSHCE lessons within the Humanities timetable, assemblies, curriculum enrichment events e.g. outside speakers and via the tutor programme.  However, all staff have a responsibility for health and safety, so all staff will have access to relevant training and resources. Outside agencies such as the police, school nurse and other professionals will be used to complement the programme, following the guidelines for working with outside agencies.
Methodology and Resources:
Pupils will access Drug Education in a variety of ways:

  • role-play situations that require making decisions and learning new skills
  • subject-related games
  • subject-related worksheets
  • use of recommended videos
  • use of ICT and the Internet to develop information skills
  • discussion
  • debate
  • designing posters, leaflets, questionnaires
  • wall display
  • work with outside agencies.
  • Curriculum content

Resources

High quality teaching materials are used at all times for their reference to subjects taught.

Assessing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing drug education
The programme will be evaluated on a regular basis through pupil feedback and staff discussions.
Evidence of pupil progress is assessed in the following ways:

  •  
  • Self evaluation sheets in Citizenship/PSHCE programme
  • Completed tasks in pupil’s Citizenship/PSHCE workbooks
  • Teacher observation of group presentations and role plays

Pupils are encouraged to express opinions about the content of each module of work and to consider their learning needs. Pupils’ learning needs are covered in the content of the module of work being studied.

Confidentiality and Advice

Procedures in relation to an investigation use:

Pupils will be made aware that some information or disclosures, cannot be held confidential, and made to understand that if certain disclosure are made, then certain actions will ensue. At the same time, pupils will be offered sensitive and appropriate support. In this respect, the following procedures will be adhered to:

a)  Disclosure:
Professional advice to be sought from drugs agencies e.g. Lifelines

b) Suspicion of Drug Abuse:

Professional guidance and/or advice sought from Lifelines, the Local Authority and agencies e.g. lifelines.  The school will always attempt to liaise with and inform parents/carers, and any other involved professionals to ensure that the welfare of the pupil is paramount

MANAGEMENT OF DRUGS AT SCHOOL
 
A designated member of Senior staff will be responsible for co-ordinating the management of drug-related incidents as they arise, offering sources of support and liaising with outside agencies.

Procedures:

  • Medicines: see school policy on administration of medicines should be referred to
  • Tobacco: The school is a no smoking school and this is clearly signposted around the building.
  • Alcohol: no alcohol will be consumed during the course of a normal school day.
  • Solvents: the school will ensure that potentially harmful substances are stored safely, and pupils supervised carefully in the event of them having to be used in the course of their work.
  • Illegal substances – no illegal or illicit substances should be brought into school or used on school premises.

Establishing the Facts:

Establishing a clear understanding of the facts is an essential first step before deciding on any course of action. Because of the sensitivity surrounding the issue, unsubstantiated allegation can cause great difficulty.

Definition of a Drug Related Incident:

Generally speaking a Drug Related Incident (DRI) is deemed to be so if it is perceived by anyone as incident that requires some form of recording or intervention.  DRIs might be connected with pupils themselves, with their parents or with other persons.

PROCEDURES IN RELATION TO A DRUG RELATED INCIDENT INVESTIGATION

The conduct of an investigation into an allegation will normally be conducted by the Senior Leadership Team and at the outcome of the investigation a course of action will be agreed by the Head Teacher in consultation with others as appropriate.

Careful attention is given to recording all relevant information in a drug-related incident.

A variety of circumstances may arise, each of which requires a different response. In determining the appropriate response, the members of staff dealing with it will be mindful of pastoral and legal considerations.
The kind of circumstances may include:

 

 

1. Drugs are discovered on school premises but not on a person:

 

  • the drugs will be placed in a safe (and witnessed)
  • the police will be informed (if the class and nature of the drugs warrants this) and arrangements made for disposal.
  • Disposal of the drugs must be witnessed and logged on the DRI pro-forma in the DRI file.  

 

2. Drugs related material, such as syringes, needles etc are discovered on school premises but not on a person:

 

  • the drugs will be placed in a medication safe
  • the police will be informed (if the class and nature of the drugs warrants this) and arrangements made for disposal
  • Disposal of the drugs must be witnessed and logged on a DRI pro-forma in the DRI file.  

 

3.  A pupil found in the possession of drugs but with no evidence of being under the influence of the drug:

 

  • investigation
  • involvement of parents
  • school staff liaise with SLT who will contact parents regarding return of legal substances (tobacco, alcohol) or disposal
  • involvement/or possible involvement of police if pupil is in possession of illegal drugs or in illegal possession of prescribed drugs
  • access to counselling, guidance, punishment dependent on pupil need.
  • The incident must be logged on a DRI pro-forma and placed in the DRI file.

 

4.  A pupil is found in possession of drug-related materials / paraphernalia e.g. syringes, needles, king-size rizlas, torn rizla packets, foil:

 

  • investigation
  • involvement of parents
  • school staff liaise with SLT who will contact parents regarding return of legal substances (tobacco, alcohol) or disposal
  • access to counselling, guidance, punishment dependent on pupil need
  • involvement of police if investigation suggests this is appropriate.
  • The incident must be logged on a DRI pro-forma and placed in the DRI file.

 

5. A pupil is suspected of being under the influence of a drug or alcohol:

 

  • ensure safety of individual and treat as a medical emergency
  • try to confiscate any further supply of substance to ensure safety. If successful, store in a medication safe and record as such in the DRI file, and have it witnessed by another member of staff.
  • investigate once pupil is able to participate in investigation
  • involvement of parents e.g. student taken home by parent
  • school staff liaise with SLT who will contact parents regarding return of legal substances (tobacco, alcohol) or disposal
  • involvement of police if pupil is in possession of illegal drugs or in illegal possession of prescribed drugs
  • access to counselling, guidance, punishment dependent on pupil need
  • contact police for advice
  • The incident must be logged on a DRI pro-forma and placed in the DRI file.

6.  A pupil is suspected of supplying drugs:

 

  • establish whether the substance in question is for personal use or for supply
  • school staff liaise with SLT who will contact parents and involve as appropriate
  • if substance is illegal, contact police who will set up a criminal investigation.
  • the incident must be logged on a DRI pro-forma and placed in the DRI file.  

 

Searching Children:

 

In the interests of safety for other children, common sense dictates that staff must have some right to search children if they have reasonable grounds for suspecting a child of concealing a particular item.  Searches will only take place in the presence of the Head Teacher or another senior member of staff and be conducted by a member of staff of the same sex as the child.

A child does, however, have the right to refuse to be searched and so his or her consent should be sought first.  (Please see the attached document: “Ensuring good behaviour in schools” by Michael Gove, May 2011, which outlines procedures with screening and searching children on school premises.

If a child refuses to disclose willingly the item they are suspected of concealing, the school will contact the parents/guardians or the police or both.

 

Any sanction, including exclusion, will be justifiable in terms of:

 

  • Appropriateness of response
  • Proportion of the offence
  • The needs of all concerned – the young person, other pupils, the school, and the community.
  • Consistency with existing school rules, codes and expectations (e.g. behaviour, discipline, equal opportunities, exclusions), which must be well-publicised to parents and pupils.
  • Consistency with other disciplinary actions and similar incidents in the past, except where there has been a change in school policy communicated to all those likely to be concerned.

 

Recording of an Incident:

Any Drug Related Incident will be logged by the designated teacher on the appropriate pro-forma and retained in the Drug Related Incident File in Miss Letremy's office.

 

Confidential Recording of a Drug Related Incident
All Saints Catholic College

Tick the one or more of these statements to indicate the category:

On Premises

    • Emergency
    • Suspicion
    • Disclosure
  • Discovery
  • Intoxication
  • Needles
  • Drug
  • Paraphernalia

Off Premises

    • Emergency
    • Suspicion 
    • Disclosure
  • Discovery
  • Intoxication
  • Needles
  • Drug
  • Paraphernalia

Involving

  • Pupil
  • Parent
  • Staff

Year group

Form

M

F

Date of Incident:

Report Form completed by:

Position in school:

Time of Incident:

Other students involved:

 

First Aid given

Yes

No

Ambulance Called by:

Yes

No

Drug involved if known (e.g. paracetamol, alcohol, ecstasy, heroin):

 

Sample Found?

Yes

 

Where retained  / destroyed at time ___________ 

(am/ pm) and witnessed by:

 

 

 

No

Senior staff involved:

 

Parent / carer informed by:

 

At time:

Brief description of symptoms / situation:

 

Other action taken: (e.g. referral to / involvement of another agency: Ed Psych, report requested; C/Conf called; pupils / staff informed; sanctions imposed; GP/Police consulted about drug, drug agency involvement)

 

 

Sleuth updated with details? 

Yes

No

Signed by (member of SLT and staff involved):

 

 

Behaviour and Discipline Policy – Pupil Exclusions Policy

 

Drugs:

 

  • Involvement with drugs – fixed term exclusion
  • Being involved with illegal drugs a second time – may result in permanent exclusion having taken into consideration the nature of both offences.
  • Being responsible for bringing illegal drugs into school – fixed term exclusion.
  • Being responsible for selling drugs – permanent exclusion
  • Bringing alcohol in school – fixed term exclusion.

 

 

Involvement of Parents / Carers / Outside Agencies:

 

The school is committed to working with parents in the approach to Drug Education and Drug Related Incidents.  Drug Education and Awareness evenings will be planned to feature as part of the partnership.

 

  1. Tobacco, alcohol and solvents – parents informed immediately and situation is discussed with pupil(s).  If there is possibility of problem use, support will be offered involving outside agencies.  If solvents, inform LEA office.
  2. Possession of class C drugs – as above
  3. Possession of Class A&B drugs – as above.  Possession of a Class A drug will necessitate the police to be informed.
  4. Possession with intent to supply class A,B or C drugs – the police to be notified immediately.

 

Further, the pupil(s) may be excluded from school in order that a thorough investigation can be completed.  A further period of exclusion may follow and if it has been proved that the pupil has intended to supply illegal substances, permanent exclusion may be put into effect.

 

Finding and disposing of “sharps”

 

This is set out in the school’s health and safety policy and in the Science Department handbook.  The finding of drugs/sharps or other drug related paraphernalia should be reported to the Child Protection Office / member of SLT who will lead an investigation, record the matter for the school records.

All “sharps” will be removed by the school caretaker.

 

Children and sharps:

 

All students will attend assemblies about the dangers of drugs and to inform them of how to identify drug paraphernalia, e.g. sharps.

If students discover a “sharp” they must:

  • Not touch the sharp and inform a member of staff with its location.
  • The member of staff should alert the caretaker to discard of the sharp as above.
  • The school’s designated person for safeguarding to be informed and an investigation to be done if there are suspicions of students being involved.
  • Police to be informed.

 

Hazards from “sharp” handling:

 

The main hazard is from a needles-tick injury.  Should the needle puncture the skin then the possibility exists that a blood borne virus could be transmitted from a used needle into the puncture wound.  The main blood-borne virus associated with injecting drug users is Hepatitis C.  However, the viruses responsible for Hepatitis B and HIV could also be transmitted via needle-stick injuries.  There may also be the possibility of tetanus being transmitted if the needle has been contaminated by soil.

Gloves and a sharp removing kit should be obtained and used with correct procedures.  Staff to do this should be fully trained to do so in order to minimise rise to themselves and others.

 

Intoxicated Parents/carers on school premises:

 

Where the behaviour of an intoxicated parent/carer places a pupil at risk, or the parent/carer becomes abusive or violent, advise should be sought from a member of the SLT as to consider whether or not the case is serious enough as to involve the police or invoke child protection procedures where the behaviour of a parent/carer repeatedly placed a pupil at risk.

 

Smoking:

 

Although tobacco is clearly a harmful drug, the above procedures do not apply to instances of smoking or possession of cigarettes; smoking is regarded as a simple breach of school discipline and dealt with accordingly. It is routine to confiscate cigarettes and also to counsel pupils on the risks of health connected to smoking.

 

Sanctions:

 

Society views with grave concern the use of illegal drugs. It is much more indulgent in regard to alcohol and tobacco.
The school is an educative community and as such aims to change unacceptable or damaging behaviour when it occurs.
The school needs to be prepared to distinguish between the self-inflicted damage suffered by an individual or group of individuals who misuse drugs and the damage done to those who abuse the school by making it a place to profit from the vulnerability of others.

The school will examine and deal with each situation on its merits but will not baulk at the possibility of using the ultimate sanction of permanent exclusion to deal with deliberately criminal activity and drug peddling.
Records relating to pupil involvement in drugs related activity will be kept on the behaviour database.

 

Advice and support for pupils:

 

Information about drug and support services, both locally and in the pupils’ home towns, will be provided for pupils and parents but staff will not give individual advice to pupils about their personal drug use.

 

Dissemination:


This policy will be included in the staff handbook on the VLE.

 

Handling local media:

 

In the event of drug related incidents within the school, coming to the attention of the press, the PSHCE Co-ordinator and Child Protection Officer, in consultation with the SLT, will seek advice from Kirklees LEA’s Press Officer as to how incidents should be reported through the media. No member of staff should speak directly to the media without the permission of SLT.

 

 

Monitoring and evaluation: