How Schools Can Engage Parents in Alcohol Education
What parents do, how they communicate their expectations and whether they supply alcohol can influence their child’s choices about alcohol. 1
Programs that teach about alcohol at school and help inform parents about alcohol-related harm and the influence they can have on their child’s drinking intentions or behaviours should be part of a comprehensive approach to preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm. 22
Schools are in a position to have what they teach at school reinforced at home by providing parents with some key information that will equip parents to continue discussion about alcohol at home and to understand the reasons why no one should supply alcohol to under 18’s. 16
A ‘Parent Engagement Kit for Secondary Schools - Working with parents to reduce alcohol-related harm among young people’ has been developed, to assist secondary school communities to deliver key information about alcohol to parents/guardians of 12 to 17 year olds to encourage them to continue educating and talking with their children about alcohol.
These materials can be easily downloaded from the Kit Resources folder below.
For help with implementing strategies outlined in the kit please contact either the:
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