Pompidou Group - Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

Drug Prevention Support for Parents and Professionals and Life Skills Training

The role of parents in prevention is increasingly seen as highly important. Many parents do not have direct access to professional information and support or are afraid to seek it. In addition, professionals working with parents in isolated and rural regions lack professional contacts, information and support.

Three pilot projects were launched in 2004 in various Russian cities, that allowed over 200 parents and professionals to go through training seminars and capacity building activities to learn how to organise self-help groups, deliver lifeskills training, use internet in prevention work and conduct outreach work among young people.

In 2007-2008, the Pompidou Group also organised five 5-days seminars on life skills methodology for over 150 representatives of NGOs, educators and social workers in the City of Zaporozhye, Ukraine with the aim to adopt this approach to the context of prevention work in Ukraine. Similar programmes are planned for Bulgaria, Georgia, Lithuania and Romania.

In 2005, the Pompidou Group published “Life skills training in schools” by R. Ives together with a group of Russian educationalists and narcologists who provide an insight into evidence-based prevention programme.

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