What is a Substance Misuse Related Incident?

The types of incidents will vary from an early warning of suspected misuse e.g. of cigarette smoking, to overt illegal substance misuse with the consequent threats to the health of children and young people. Schools must be prepared for these possibilities and have a range of responses that are appropriate within their setting. The types of incidents include:

  • Litter related to substance misuse around premises e.g. cans, syringes etc
  • Suspicion and allegations about an individual’s activities
  • Disclosure about substance misuse on the premises
  • Children and young people clearly displaying signs of substance misuse
  • Possession of substances while children and young people are in school/ are the responsibility of school
  • Use of substances while children and young people in school/ are the responsibility of school
  • Selling or dealing in substances while children and young people are the responsibility of school.
  • Possession, use or selling of substances by individuals who are not the responsibility of the school, however who are on the premises (e.g. parents, members of the public)