In March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK and Welsh governments closed all schools. This meant the FRANK friends intervention could no longer be delivered. Prior to school closures, the intervention was delivered in full to five out of the twenty schools we had intended. The FRANK friends Trial Management Group did not believe this was enough schools to be able to detect any effects and recommended the study be closed. The Trial Steering Committee agreed with these recommendations. We are working with our funder to plan how the study will restart.
Welcome to the FRANK friends study website. The FRANK friends study is a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) evaluating the FRANK friends intervention, a school-based peer-led drug prevention programme. The study is taking place in South Wales and the West of England and involves both Cardiff University and the University of Bristol. Other partners include the University of York, the University of Glasgow, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Public Health Wales, the West of England Clinical Research Network, and South Gloucester and Bristol and North East Somerset council. FRANK friends is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Programme.