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Location: Liverpool John Moores University

Time:  registration opens at 9:00am for a 9.30 start- 4:30pm

Cost: £90 (Free of charge for teachers and PSHE leads)


There will be a range of exhibitors at the conference including:

The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation

The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is a drug and alcohol education charity founded in January 2014 by Tim and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs in response to the death of their 16-year-old son Daniel having taken ecstasy. The charity aims to support young people to make safe choices and reduce harm, through increasing their understanding of the effects and risks of drugs and alcohol, and improving their life skills & resilience. They work directly with young people, families, teachers and professionals in schools, colleges and community groups across London and increasingly further afield. The charity commissioned award-winning playwright Mark Wheeller to write, ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’, that has just completed a second professional tour of schools by StopWatch Theatre Company.

Solomon Theatre 

Solomon is a Theatre in Education Company, working for the past 15 years across the UK and Northern Ireland delivering high impact theatre shows and accompanying workshops to secondary schools that tackle priority issues with young people. In particular, Anti-social Behaviour, Alcohol, Drugs, Knife Crime, Gangs and CSE are all areas where we have extensive experience.
More than just a theatre company though, we pride ourselves in the tangible impact our work has on communities of young people.
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As you know the second National Drugs and Alcohol Schools Conference will take place on the 21st June kindly hosted by Liverpool John Moores University.

The welcome address will be delivered by The Public Health Institute Director Mr Jim McVeigh and there will be a range of excellent speakers including:

Keynote speech by Andy Burnham, Former Health Secretary and Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Keynote addresses by Rt Hon Nick Gibbs, Minister of State at DfE and Victoria Atkins, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

PCC Amy Fletcher, Youth Officer for Cheshire Police Safer Schools partnership, speaking on school based projects targeting more vulnerable populations across Cheshire and on dealing with some of the problems faced regarding drugs and alcohol in schools.

Dr John McAlaney, a principal academic in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University delivering a talk entitled 'Are you Normal? (Mis) perceptions of alcohol and drug use in adolescents'

Dr David Regis, Research Manager for the Schools Health Education Unit in Exeter speaking on trends in drug and alcohol use in young people and some connections.

Q and A with expert panel

Following the positive feedback on the panel Q and A at the last conference, this will take place again with the experts taking part including:

  • Chair– Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health & ACMD Member
  • Helena Conibear, CEO The Alcohol Education Trust
  • Kathryn Arnott-Gent, Northern Schools and Parent Coordinator, The Alcohol Education Trust
  • Louise Pope, Head of PSHRE at Chew Valley Secondary School
  • Dr John McAlaney, Principal Academic in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University
  • Dr David Regis, Research Manager for the Schools Health Education Unit
  • PCC Amy Fletcher, Cheshire Police
  • Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive - Mentor UK
  • Gez James, Development Manager - Mentor UK
  • Lauren Bond, Behaviour Specialist – Unique Behaviour Consultancy
  • Ian Macdonald, ADEPIS Consultant
  • Jim McVeigh, Public Health Institute Director

Workshop details

There will be an exciting range of workshops running throughout the afternoon of the conference with something to suit everyone. These will include:


  • Ten top tips for drugs and alcohol education with Louise Pope, Head of PSHE at Chew Valley Secondary School in Bristol. Louise will be providing strategies for active learning and engagement in PSHE.
  • Talk abut Alcohol double CPD session from The Alcohol Education Trust. A full session on how to implement and deliver the TAA programme to 11-18 year olds of all abilities. NB There is a charge of £90 for this session as attendees will receive a pack including 30 lessons, BAFTA winning DVD 'Just a few Drinks' and 60 activity cards and a CPD certificate to take away.
  • Targeted approaches for vulnerable populations including pupils with special needs and looked after children, hosted by Kathryn Arnott-Gent, Northern Coordinator for The Alcohol Education Trust.
  • Social and emotional learning. Lauren Bond will lead a workshop about the impact of social and emotional learning within schools. The discussion will focus on how the social and emotional aspects of learning build resilience and confidence in children which will in turn promote well-being for both pupils and staff. The workshop will provide insight into various models and strategies that practitioners can use and adapt to suit their various codes of practice.
  • Have You Got The Bottle? - Developing peer-based alcohol interventions for young people.This interactive workshop will highlight the development of Mentor’s “Breaking Out Peer Alcohol Project” with young offenders within HMYOI Polmont, and the community based “Bottle Project” delivered with young people in Edinburgh. The workshop will be of interest to anyone planning  alcohol-based programmes, peer-based approaches, or those looking for tried and tested resources that engage young people in alcohol education and harm reduction.

  • Mentor-ADEPIS Quality Standards (Double-Session) The ADEPIS workshops led by AEDIPS Consultant Ian Macdonald will focus on giving an introduction and full review of the ADEPIS Quality Standards, and the related Quality Marks for schools and practitioners. It will start with a presentation and then a surgery-type of session where participants will go through the ADEPIS quality mark self-assessment framework with one of our assessors. 

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