The Plastics and the Environment education pack and CD-Rom, is available free from Fyffes, PO Box 45, Prestwich, Manchester M45 8FY.
Teachers of children in care often know little of their lives outside the classroom. A report from the NSPCC, Official Friends and Friendly Officials , deals with the vital question of independent visitors. The proper role of these volunteers who support, advise and befriend "their" young person has not always been clear.
Questions of confidence and intrusion are explored in this sensible and thorough account, which makes a timely appearance after the horrifying care home scandals of the 1990s. It highlights the need for long-term commitment by, and training for, independent visitors, and it gives the children themselves a chance to air their views.
Official Friends and Friendly Officials is available at #163;15 from the NSPCC Publications and Information Unit, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH. Tel: 020 7825 2775. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teenage drinkers are not the only potential beneficiaries of The Alcohol Education Resource Directory . This collection will be of value to teachers of PSHE or with pastoral responsibility, and to parents. It provides admirably clear lists of teaching packs, books, videos, CD-Roms, leaflets, games and websites, adding guidance on age groups, contact numbers and costs. There are also suggestions about theatre in education and specialist speakers.
Copies of The Alcohol Education Resource Directory are being sent to schools. For further information, advice on funding for in-service training or extra copies, contact The Portman Group, 7-10 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1M 9DE. Tel: