“During the 2016/17, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013, 2011/2012, 2010/ 2011, 2009/ 2010, 2008/ 2009, 2007/ 2008, 2006/ 2007 periods how many initiatives have you commissioned or been aware of in your locality that have educated young people about cannabis? If so, how were they assessed?”
Devon County Council (DCC) can confirm that there have been no education initiatives commissioned that are specific to Cannabis for the timeframe specified.
However, Y-Smart young people’s drug service for under eighteens (an internal service to DCC) has been funded to provide education to young people for all of the financial years specified but this is specific to targeted groups and the education programmes are general and relate to all substance use (inclusive of drugs and alcohol).
All young people entering this education provision are tested on their knowledge pre and post receipt of programme. Y-Smart is also a registered Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) centre, so some young people have been put through an AQA programme and have received a qualification. The young people need to prepare and submit evidence of knowledge gained in order to achieve the certificate.