Winehouse school programme

The father of Amy Winehouse has warned a generation of children are being put at risk by "woefully underfunded" drug and alcohol education.

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Winehouse programme to educate teachers, parents and students

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch is due to launch a new drugs and alcohol education programme in schools. Credit: Ian West, PA

"Everyone wants their kids to make informed choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol," Amy's dad, Mitch Winehouse, said.

"But it's such a complicated subject to understand, especially when you look at all the new legal highs that have appeared over the past few years, that it's no wonder that parents feel in the dark about what to do.

"Drugs education in schools is woefully underfunded and has been far too inconsistent.

"That's if it happens at all. When it does, it doesn't look at why people turn to drugs or drink.

"It doesn't happen with any kind of regularity. And it doesn't help teachers and parents to support the kids who really need it. That really needs to change.

"Our new secondary schools programme will give everyone - including parents, teachers and the pupils themselves - the skills and knowledge they need. That's something that will really help our young people."

Winehouse Foundation school programme

Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. Credit: Reuters

The father of Amy Winehouse has warned a generation of children are being put at risk by "woefully underfunded" drug and alcohol education.

Mitch Winehouse said there was a "worrying knowledge gap" about substance misuse among young people as he prepares to join forces with comic Russell Brand to launch a new education programme for schools.

Russell Brand is throwing his weight behind the new education programme. Credit: Reuters

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will initially be rolled out to 50 English secondary schools and will provide a free, confidential phone and online service for young people, supported by Childline.

Singer Amy died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at 27 years old.

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