Welcome to the quarterly CAP newsletter.
In this issue we focus on engagement with parents and publish an exclusive interview with Drinkaware's Adrian Hall, Campaigns Manager for Parents and Young People. The last few months have been extremely busy with six new CAPs launched in July and a great deal of exciting diversionary activity and alcohol education provided across many CAP areas.
Six new CAPs launched in July - in the week that the Government launched its response to the Alcohol Strategy consultation, four CAPs were launched in Edinburgh, Wigan, Rotherham and Durham following recent launches in Sheffield and Thurrock. The number of active CAPs now stands at 50 with plans underway for new CAPs in over 20 locations, many of them located in areas with “high harms” in the North West and North East of England.
There has been a great deal of activity in many CAP areas with exciting diversionary activities for youngsters to coincide with the summer weather and alcohol education delivered to children, parents, teachers and school nurses.
Evaluations of CAP schemes continue to show marked improvements in a range of behaviours linked to underage alcohol misuse. A recent evaluation of the Brecon scheme found a near 40% decrease in reports of alcohol-related youth anti-social behaviour. In the CAP area in Gateshead, preliminary findings show that ASB reduced by 50% in January/February 2013 compared to the same period a year ago. And an interim evaluation of the Derry CAP found a 54% reduction in youth alcohol referral.