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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what materials are used by her Department and its agencies to ensure young people are aware of the implications of alcohol abuse for their (a) home life, (b) health and (c) education. (247667)

I have been asked to reply.

The 10-year Drug Strategy “Protecting families and communities”, published in February 2008, set out a series of steps to address the problems associated with young people’s misuse of drugs, alcohol and volatile substances.

The strategy committed Government to conduct a review of drug and alcohol education. This has taken place and Ministers announced their intention to make PSHE statutory in October 2008, in recognition of the key role it plays in equipping children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives. At the same time, Ministers launched an independent review of how this might be achieved in the most effective and practicable way. Sir Alasdair Macdonald, head teacher of Morpeth school in Tower Hamlets, is conducting the review and will report to Ministers in April 2009. Proposals for the statutory implementation of PSHE will be the subject of a full public consultation.

Frank, the joint DCSF, Department of Health and Home Office drugs advice and information campaign for young people, continues to play a key role in helping to prevent drug use among young people (11-18) by changing their attitudes and perceptions towards drugs and drug users. A new Frank Cocaine campaign was launched in December 2008. Awareness of Frank remains very high: in the latest tracking study (report July 2008) 83 per cent. of young people were aware of the campaign. This figure is unchanged from 2007.

The Drug Strategy also committed to publish guidance to help the commissioning and delivery of treatment services with a greater focus on the needs of parents and families, and to that effect the National Treatment Agency (NTA) published carers’ guidance in October 2008. The NTA will also shortly be publishing commissioning guidance for local drug and alcohol commissioners and partnerships which will have a greater focus on the needs of families.

To meet our commitment to provide intensive support to substance misusing parents through a range of recently established family interventions, targeting families at risk, the substance misuse agenda has been included in remit letter for local parenting support advisers and in the broad remit for Parenting and Early Intervention projects. Furthermore, Family Intervention Pilots have been extended to 500 further families affected by substance misuse. The NTA is working with DCSF in the development of the Child Poverty Family Intervention Projects in 10 pilot areas during 2008-09. This will be rolled out to further areas in the next two years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between 16 and 19 years old received penalty notices for disorder for being drunk and disorderly in 2007. (248655)

Data on the number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged between 16 and 19 for being drunk and disorderly in 2007 are given in the following table. Data on the number of PNDs issued are published for persons aged 16 and over only.

Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged 16 to 19 years for offences of being drunk and disorderly1, England and Wales, 20072

Age

Number

16

936

17

2,111

18

4,182

19

3,989

1 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Being found drunk in a highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on licensed premises—Licensing Act 1872, section 12;

Being guilty while drunk of disorderly behaviour—Criminal Justice Act 1967, section 91.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit