Project SOFT

This programme seeks to increase the protective factors of 11 year old students transitioning from primary school to secondary school

We understand that prevention is most promising when it is directed at impressionable youngsters. Adolescents are most susceptible to the allure of illicit drugs. Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in children’s lives.

The first big transition for children is when they leave the security of the family and enter school. Later, when they advance from primary school to secondary school, they often experience new academic and social situations, such as learning to get along with a wider group of peers.

It is at this stage of early adolescence that children are likely to encounter drugs for the first time. They may be exposed to greater availability of drugs, drug abusers, and social activities involving drugs. These challenges can increase the risk that they will abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. 

The evaluation results for this programme can be seen under the research tab.