…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.
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’.
‘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
Young people who had a Life Skills Education intervention were 3.4 times more advanced than the control group.
Young people that undergo our programmes are 5.4 times more likely to seek help from other people.
Young people that have taken a D.A.R.E. programme are twice as likely to make safe and responsible choices
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
* 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
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.
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.
* We offer 'taster sessions' of our courses with the option to upgrade to a full course if you love it.
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.’
‘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.’
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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.
* Get free postage when you choose a course delivered in full or part by a D.A.R.E. Officer.
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.
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.
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 programme follow govt. guidelines and meet best practice. We have quantitative and qualitative data to support this from academics and customers alike.
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
DARE to be safe and healthy.