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Students participate in 'Wasted Nights' launch

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership will be launching 'Wasted Nights', an educational package for young people, on Tuesday 10th October at Carterton Community College.

The launch takes the form of a lesson with Year 10 students participating in group sessions about alcohol-related issues. They will begin by watching a DVD entitled 'Wasted Nights', which was filmed in a local town and looks at all aspects of alcohol and town centre disorder. Contributors on the DVD include local police officers, a paramedic, an offender, local residents, a door supervisor and taxi drivers. Group work will follow the viewing of the DVD with each group being given a scenario based on the people featured, some of whom will be present at the launch and will work with the students. The groups are then asked to present their conclusions to the rest of the class.

"Alcohol has the potential to be one of the most harmful substances that young people come into contact with," explains Bill Russell, School Drug Education Consultant, Oxfordshire County Council. "Not only does it have far reaching consequences for young people, but also for their families, their communities and society in general. This new approach to drug education goes some way to addressing many of the issues associated with alcohol use and challenges attitudes in a positive way."

The lesson pack will be distributed to all secondary schools across West Oxfordshire to form part of secondary school students' citizenship education.

'Wasted Nights' has been produced by the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership as part of its Nightsafe scheme which was launched in November 2005 to tackle the increase of alcohol-related violent crime and criminal damage. The scheme coincided with the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003 and a number of initiatives have been run, in conjunction with local licensees, resulting in a 43% reduction of serious assaults in West Oxfordshire.

Posted : 02/10/2006 15:57:52

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