Certification for a drug free school/activity requirements
- General, introduction
The background to this certification is that Rotary wants to contribute to the decrease of the number of children and young people who try and use drugs, in order to reach a healthier society. In order to reach this objective we want to influence schools to certify its work against drug misuses. The governing system can be changed to concern various drugs. Knowledge, commitment, perseverance and continuity is required.
- Vision and strategy
The school management should define a vision for a drug free school and a strategy in order to achieve this.
This document uses the following definitions
drug abuse: The use of tobacco products, alcohol products and all non-medical use of narcotics
A drug free school: A school where nobody, be it a pupil or one of the personnel, uses drugs School: The complete school with surroundings or ? area
The school management will establish their motives for a lasting drug free school such as better physics, lower costs, increased well-being, smaller risk for other abuses, requirements from society.
The school management will ensure that an antidrug policy is formulated that
- is tailored for the school’s aims
- includes an obligation to meet the requirements and to always improve the way to meet the requirements and the objectives
- is well-known and accepted of all target groups
- Target groups
The school management will define target groups concerned /stakeholders such as school management, teachers, students, parents, friends, others, i e. other employees in the school, general public, administration and politicians responsible for the school.
The school management will establish measurable objectives and secondary objectives for concerned target groups in order to ensure that the school is or alternatively becomes drug free.
- Responsibilities and authorities
The school management will define various target groups’ duties, responsibilities and authorities. Convenors should be appointed, amongst others the management’s representative. This person could be responsible for the coordination of necessary measures and present to the management analysis of the actual situation, results achieved, needs of resources, action plans and suggest appropriate numerical values etc.
- Requirements in the statutes, best practice
The school management should establish which requirements in laws, regulations and authorities’ regulations that are applicable. Moreover, scientific findings on drug abuse and its consequences should be recorded. These should be available for everyone concerned.
- Governing documentation ?
The school management shall ensure that the school has systematically put together procedures in order to be a drug free school and implement measures for permanent improvements of this system. These governing documents will be available for everyone concerned. Procedures will be documented, checked, validated and dated, also when changes occur.
- Resources and organisation
The school management will pinpoint which resources and the organisation required for it to remain a drugfree school such as time, money and other resources.
The school management will see to it that the present situation when it comes to drug abuse is mapped, that risk analysis is done (drug abuse within the school, drug abuse in the vicinity of the school, impact groups, commercial considerations, media). The school management will see to it that preventive activities esist and that action plans are adopted when drug abuse is recorded. The school management can consider activities such as education and information to teachers, students and parents, engaging external experts, measures when someone is caught in the act of abuse, awards at achieved objectives etc.
The school management will systematically follow up defined objectives, secondary objectives and action plans and implement regular controls. The results should be documented.
- Permanent improvements
School management is responsible that permanent improvements are implemented with the follow-up against objectives, the result of audits, the corrective and preventive measures etc as a base.
- Corrective measures
The school management is responsible for the investigation of undesirable events and its causes and that corrective measures be taken in order to avoid repetition. These should be documented.
- Preventive measures
The school management is responsible for introduction of procedures that prevent drug abuse such as information to new students, information to new personnel, information to visitors and temporary personnel, information to parents.
The school management is responsible for the performance of internal reviews at a clearly stated frequency, documentation and responsibility. The internal auditor’s role and function must be secured. An external and competent person can act as internal auditor.
- The satisfaction of parties concerned
The school management should at regular intervals conduct surveys on the view of parties concerned as to the school’s antidrug activities. The school management should define how the results should be spread and be used.
- The school management’s regular review of the system
The school management should at regular intervals perform a review of the system and the following points
- vision, strategy and policy
- goals and target groups
- responsibilities and authorities
- requirements in the statutes
- resources and organization
- experience from follow-up and from internal reviews/audits
- experience from corrective and preventive measures
- experience from reviews and analysis of measures of satisfaction of parties concerned
- production of action plan and time-table after the above regular reviews with the person responsible