The Hastings Academy has won a national award for excellence in education from Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP). Sally-Ann Hart, MP for Hastings and Rye, presented the award to the Academy’s Michael Collett, John Whittington of Hastings Borough Council and CAP Young Health Champion Finlay Cuff at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.
Sally-Ann Hart MP said: “Alcohol education is an integral part of CAP approach and it is fantastic to see the positive approach that Hastings Academy takes. It has worked closely with CAP since its launch in 2017. Students attended the launch and took part in a baseline survey in which 34% said they drank alcohol once a fortnight. Following two years of close working with the school, by 2019 this had decreased to just 9%.
Eleven students completed the Young Health Champions course and since then have delivered assemblies in their own and neighbouring primary schools, managed pop up stalls at community activities and attended CAP meetings to help shape the CAP’s work and ensure that the voices of young people are heard.”
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 for the period 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]
Notes for Editors
The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007, and 201 have now been launched across the UK.