Philpots recently had a speaker from the DSM Foundation visit Philpots to run a drug and alcohol prevention workshop. This was a great success and the feedback from pupils was excellent.

Many young people encounter risks relating to alcohol and drugs; this is an area where knowledge is vital to help keep them safe. Your expertise in relation to the hazards that they face will help them navigate these risks.

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Subject title:  I Wish I’d Known – a workshop for parents and carers on young people, drugs and decisions from the DSM Foundation in collaboration with Billy & Beyond

We would like to invite you to a drug and alcohol awareness workshop by webinar

for our parents and carers by drug education charity the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs

Foundation, in collaboration with Billy & Beyond.  This will be held on Tuesday 25th April at 6.30-8.00pm and led by Asha Fowells and Jacqueline Greenlees.

The world for young people is a very different place than it was for their parents, including in their vulnerability to risk from drugs and alcohol, and this workshop provides a great opportunity for you as a parent or carer to become more aware of what issues face your children, and what you can do to help them stay safe.

The workshop will involve finding out about:

  • Levels of young people’s exposure to drugs and alcohol – what, where, when and how
  • What young people, and their parents and carers, need to know about the risks of drugs and alcohol
  • Factors that affect young people’s decisions about drugs and alcohol, including teenage brain development
  • How to have effective conversations with your child, and practical suggestions for what you can do to support them to stay safe
  • Where to go for more information and support.

The DSM Foundation was set up by Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs in 2014 after the tragic death of their 16-year-old son Daniel as a result of taking ecstasy ( The aim of the charity is to support young people to make safe choices about drugs, and they work with students, teachers, parents/carers and professionals in schools, colleges and community organisations across the UK.

Fiona has become a leading UK expert on drug education, including how parents can best support their children. She has spoken to parents and carers across the UK and internationally and is regularly asked to speak by the media.  She is author of two books for parents, ‘I Wish I’d Known – Young People, Drugs and Decisions’ (Sheldon Press, 2021) and ‘Talking the Tough Stuff with Teens’ (Sheldon Press, 2022)

Please click the here to register for the event: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from the Foundation containing information about joining the webinar.

The DSM Foundation is now running a free Drug Awareness workshop for parents/carers on Tuesday 25th April 2023 6.30pm – 8pm, and parents of Philpot’s pupils have been invited to attend.

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