Over 390,000 young people in the UK have been through a DARE programme

Scientifically proven to have a statistical effect on:
Getting help from others; Communication and listening; Making safe and responsible choices;
Knowledge about drugs, alcohol and substance abuse.

…developing and delivering our drug and life skills education resources since 1995

We are a registered charity in England and Wales that has been developing and delivering our drug and life skills education resources for teachers in UK schools for 21 years. Our programmes are put together using evidence from research and follow government guidelines and best practice.

A national issue

Drug and substance misuse by young people in the UK costs around £28 Million each year. Statistics show that 11% of young people have tried drugs at some point and we know that regular abuse can start with the casual use of ‘soft drugs’.

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Keepin' it REAL

A secondary school programme

As a charity we aim:

‘To educate young people to lead safe and healthy lives and achieve their potential’

‘To provide drug and alcohol education to more young people year on year’

Evaluated Life Skills Education, proven to be Effective on these learning outcomes

Communication and listening

Young people who had a Life Skills Education intervention were 3.4 times more advanced than the control group.

Getting help from others

Young people that undergo our programmes are 5.4 times more likely to seek help from other people.

Making safe & responsible choices

Young people that have taken a D.A.R.E. programme are twice as likely to make safe and responsible choices

Knowledge around substances

Young people were 2.4 times more knowledgeable about drugs, alcohol and substance use/abuse.

**  Not only has an independent study shown that our programmes are effective on all major outcomes, teachers have rated them ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ against the Mentor ADEPIS Quality Standards.  Parent feedback shows that children develop new skills and knowledge as a result of our courses.  Click this link for more information on our effectiveness.

A cost effective way to deliver your PSHE curriculum

Our courses cover a wide range of PSHE subjects including:

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Personal Responsibility

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Decision Making

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Risks and Consequences

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Solvent Abuse

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Dealing with Pressure

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Use & Misuse of Legal and Illegal Drugs

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Peer Group Pressure

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Knife Crime

Internet Safety

Road Safety

Fire Safety

* All of our courses make use of the D.A.R.E. Decision Making model, our proprietary framework for examining risks and consequences.

We are one of the UK’s largest deliverers of Life Skills Education resources for teachers

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Life Skills Education programmes are run in almost 300 schools and delivered to almost 10,000 young people per year.  Since the very first course in the UK in 1995 over 366,000 young people have been through one of our courses.

That said, D.A.R.E. programmes are delivered by different organisations in 52 different countries around the world.  All use the D.A.R.E. decision making model but each is developed specifically for the country in which it is used.  We developed ours in conjunction with the original writers at Penn State University to ensure that we continue to benefit from the research that underpins the programme.

The DARE Decision Making Model

All of our courses revolve around the DARE Decision Making Model (DDMM). This is a unique framework that helps young people to make informed, balanced choices by Defining the issue, Assessing their options and possible consequences, Responding by making an informed decision and Evaluating their response.

The DDMM is a golden thread throughout our programmes which cover topics around alcohol, tobacco, new psychoactive substances, cannabis and solvents which can be delivered by our fully trained DARE Officers.

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* We offer 'taster sessions' of our courses with the option to upgrade to a full course if you love it.

Life Skills Education - loved by teachers, parents and children alike.

We have hundreds of quotes from a variety of sources and can provide contact details of schools that recommend our programmes.

‘The children thoroughly enjoy the DARE programme and through the homework activities they discuss issues at home I have had many favourable comments from parents. The children really enjoy the graduation and put a lot of effort into making up poems, songs and sketches to perform.’

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy
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‘The course was again, very well presented by the DARE Officer.  He enthused the children and they felt they could ask questions. This work fitted superbly into PSHE lessons and the school’s bullying policy.’

John Blow School
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Why reinvent the PSHE wheel?

Our programmes are developed using evidence based research, following government guidelines and best practice and in conjunction with a wide array of outside agencies including local government, local health agencies, Mentor ADEPIS, and education specialists to name but a few.  With the growing pressures elsewhere in schools why not let us lighten the load of your PSHE requirements for you?

Outside intervention

You can choose how many sessions (if any) you want our fully trained D.A.R.E. Officers to deliver at your school

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You can have a course fully delivered by one of our D.A.R.E. Officers for as little as £2.52 per child per week.  A 3% discount is available for booking a second year

A cost effective tool

You can have a course fully delivered by one of our D.A.R.E. Officers for as little as £2.52 per child per week.  A 3% discount is available for booking a second year

Healthier young people

Able to make positive choices to reduce the risks of harmful behaviour

Encourage interaction at home

73% of parents have said that their children actively engaged with them at home on topics discussed on our programmes

Following only a few of the well-delivered sessions, I noticed a difference in the attitudes of the children towards each other. Children who would regularly fall out or find conflict with each other were communicating their worries and concerns better and managing their relationships in a more mature manner. There are far fewer break times when staff need to support children with resolving their differences as they are doing that themselves. They have been discussing and sharing their opinions on complex issues which affect them directly, with confidence and stronger understanding.

Lyndsey Nelson, Grassmoor Primary, Derbyshire

Programme Facilitators

All of our D.A.R.E. Officers undergo a 6-day intensive training programme.

We have a large network of fully qualified and trained D.A.R.E. Officers, each having been through an extensive training programme (including an ‘in classroom’ assessment) and are subject to termly quality assurance monitoring.


All D.A.R.E. Officers must have an ability to engage young people and an enthusiasm for the work of prevention through education that draws on prior experience of dealing with Drug and Alcohol abuse among young people in the community, with evidence of teaching, training, or coaching skills.


All candidates go through an intensive 6-day training/certification course. This includes delivering live lessons to children in school as well as watching colleagues deliver to provide feedback. Training includes practical skills and theoretical knowledge of a variety of teaching methods.


Once qualified D.A.R.E. Officers are required to seek feedback from teachers (via our Quality Standards survey), parent and children. We Assess the standard of thier delivery at least once per term and provide feedback on areas for improvment where necessary.
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Plan less. Deliver more.
Independently proven to work.

Your course, your way

So you want to help your young people understand how to deal with risks and consequences and skill up your staff in the process? Great! We have a range of life skills education resources for teachers at both Primary and Secondary age groups as well as some resources for use by community groups.

Our Life Skills Education Resources for teachers provide a cohesive curriculum that progresses from primary Key Stage 2 up to Secondary Key Stage 4 as well as community based programmes and combine the use of:

  • 1. A mix of delivery staff including teachers and our own staff
  • 2. A wide range of resources including visual slides, videos, role play activities and workbooks to record learning
  • 3. A truly comprehensive set of lesson plans to facilitate delivery
  • 4. Quality Assurance, monitoring and feedback.

* Get free postage when you choose a course delivered in full or part by a D.A.R.E. Officer.


Are you Govt. funded?

Life Skills Education Charity is completely self funded. We sell our programmes to fund the work we do in over 250 schools each year.

We are lucky enough to get support from local councils, Police & Crime Commissioners and other sponsors to help fund development work and delivery in certain areas.

Are your staff DBS checked?

When D.A.R.E. Officers undergo training they are subjected to an enhanced DBS check to ensure that they are fit to working with young people.

We recheck all staff every 3 years as part of our wider child protection policy.  Every member of staff, including office staff are DBS checked.

Do your programmes work?

Yes.  We have been delivering these programmes for a long while and in that time they have been redeveloped and evaluated every two to three years.

All of our programmes follow govt. guidelines and meet best practice.  We have quantitative and qualitative data to support this from academics and customers alike.

What do you have for my children?

Key stage 1 - ages 5 - 7: On Track, Keep On Track

Key stage 2 - ages 7 - 11: D.A.R.E. Primary

Key stage 3 - ages 11 - 14:  Keepin it REAL, D.A.R.E. Active, The D.A.R.E. Game

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