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Zakk Frost and Shannon Lee, former students at the University of South Wales, have won a national award for their work tackling underage drinking. They shared the CAP Contribution by a Young Person Award at the CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.

Presenting the award, Aaron Mansfield of the Royal Society for Public Health said: “Drama students Shannon Lee and Zakk Frost have had a huge impact on schoolchildren throughout Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, delivering fun and interactive awareness sessions through Switched On, an information, education and advice service for anyone under the age of 25 who is concerned about substance misuse.

After a fantastic six months sharing their theatre and drama knowledge with the Switched On team and working with Cardiff CAP and Public Health Wales, both Shannon and Zakk received first class honours for their efforts toward their third year project. Shannon also contributes greatly to Cardiff CAP as a student representative. I’m thrilled to see young people involved in CAP’s work in this way.”

CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.

Evaluations covering 2015-2019 show:

• 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
• 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
• 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
• 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
• 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them

CAP chair Derek Lewis said: “Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children. While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds. We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”

For media information please contact: Julia Shipston, Communications Manager at CAP: tel: 0771 3163003, email [email protected]
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The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007 and 201 have now been launched across the UK.

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Since this project was delivered there have been dramatic changes in the behaviour of many of the children. This has meant that, for example, three children who were on the verge of exclusion are now fully engaged in the life of the school. The children talk very positively about the work that they completed with CAP and the project generally.

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