Drugs Awareness Session for Parents - 18th July 2018 (6pm-8pm)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Drugs Awareness Sessions for Students and Parents/Carers

I write to inform you that we are working together to provide a series of drugs awareness presentations for students in the last week of term. 

Together we have asked Drug Sense UK to visit our schools so that we can educate our young people of the dangers associated with a range of substances, which are sadly becoming easier to access in our local area.  We hope to educate the young people that we work with so that they are able to make important lifestyle choices. 

Dave Parvin, the Director of Drug Sense UK, is an ex Drug Squad Officer and is an expert in this ever-changing field. He has been working with schools across the country for over 12 years and is passionate in the belief that we can change young people’s lives with good practical education.  He will be giving students in Year 8, 9 and 10 a one-hour presentation on the following dates:

  • 17th July 2018 – Thamesmead School
  • 18th July 2018 – Sunbury Manor School
  • 19th July 2018 – Bishop Wand Church of England School

In addition to the sessions for students, we have arranged for a special session for parents of all three schools to help parents and carers to be in a position to identify the early signs symptoms, and behaviour patterns of those potentially experimenting with substances thus ensuring early intervention, which is the key to success.  The feedback from these sessions has been very positive and we hope that you will be able to attend.

The parents/carers session will be held at Sunbury Manor School on 18th July between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.  Parents/carers are actively encouraged to attend this session however please do not bring children.  Refreshments will be provided.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Duncan  


Philip Reeves


Daniel Aldridge


Sunbury Manor School

Thamesmead School     

The Bishop Wand Church of England  School





Teenagers spend more than 80% of their time outside school, where the prime influences are the family and the community. The people they learn from are the ones they relate to. If a parent can maintain a reasonably good relationship with a son or daughter during the turbulent growing years, this is the most valuable stone in the foundation of drug prevention. These foundations are laid before they reach 14 and it is important for us as parents to ensure that these foundations do not crumble when the quest for independence starts. We have to hold our nerve, keeping the doors of communication open, availing of any fleeting opportunities for reasonable conversation




Here are five simple actions — simple to write, but not so simple in real life.

The acronym is REACH.


R is for Relationship.

A good relationship between a parent and child is the best foundation for prevention of drug problems. Keep the lines of communication open. You don’t have to be an expert on drugs to do this.


E Is for Example.

Your life style as a parent can have a huge influence on your child. Using drugs openly in front of them could be a major factor in their decision to use drugs in the future. Be moderate in your use of alcohol.  Explain how drink can have an impact on you and your subsequent behaviour. For example, your six-year old will remember hearing you say “I’m not drinking alcohol because I’ll be driving later”.  Use prescribed medicines sensibly- and explain why some drugs are good for us if used in the manner they have been prescribed for.


A is for Attitudes.

Attitudes to drugs (“for” or “against”drugs) are formed through debate and discussion, so don’t be afraid of the topic of drugs. Let young people express their thoughts, and express your own. For instance, you can debate about whether the threat of prison stops people using drugs.  You will clarify your own attitudes as you go along.


C is for Confidence.


A child with high self-esteem is less likely to run into trouble with drugs.

Foster self-esteem by giving hugs, appropriate praise, and by showing love.


H is for How…

Discuss with them: How could you say “No” without losing face?

How would you cope with someone passing round a can of lager, a cigarette or a joint?

How might you react if someone collapses from inhaling something?

These “How to” questions enable you and the young person to anticipate these events, without your giving them a lecture.


There is no greater loss than to lose a ‘son or daughter’ to drugs, so having the ability to recognise the early signs and symptoms of drugs misuse is crucial to the early intervention. PLEASE DO COME ALONG TO THE PARENTS EVENING.