This week saw the launch of new drug prevention materials based on the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS). The EDPQS provide the first European framework for high quality drug prevention. Organised in an eight-stage project cycle, the standards outline the necessary steps in planning, implementing and evaluating drug prevention activities.Their development involved a review of best practice and a consultation process with over 400 professionals around Europe. The standards cover all aspects of drug prevention work, including needs and resource assessment, programme planning, intervention design, resource management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, dissemination, sustainability, stakeholder involvement, staff development and ethics.
The new materials include a range of toolkits targeted at different audiences such as:
- Trainers and Professional Educators
- Policy Makers, Commissioners and Funders
- People in Coordinating Roles