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Use the Antibiotic Guardian Youth badge to support home schooling. Help your child learn how to prevent the spread of infection.
See our recommended resources below.
Antibiotics are special medicines that treat bacterial infections. However, bacteria are becoming resistant to our antibiotics making it harder than ever to treat infections. This is called antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotics becoming less effective is one of the biggest threats facing us today because it can lead to more deaths and complications for people receiving medical treatment. However, we can act now to help protect these precious medicines, by making small changes to our behaviour to prevent infection and take better care of antibiotics.
Why should you run this programme?
Today’s youth are our future antibiotic prescribers and users; teaching young people is a key factor in reducing rates of infection and helping develop lifelong behaviours that will help ensure the safety of our antibiotics in the future.
Click to download the full activity pack below. Word or PDF and Accessible versions available.
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Antibiotic Guardian Pledge
Get The Badge
We have FREE limited edition embroidered badges for order (30 max per group). You will just need to pay for postage and packaging fees.
Please complete the short survey after running your activities to order your badges.
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Do you have a professional or educational background in health and science?
What region are you based in?
What type of group did you run the session with (e.g school based, uniform groups such as scouts, guides, cadets)?:
What was the age range of the group?
How many did you deliver the programme to?
What activities did you complete (pick as many as applicable)
|Microbe Activities||Spread Of Infection Activities||Antibiotic Activities|
|Marvellous microbes||Giant Sneeze||Antibiotic Awareness experiment|
|How big is a microbe?||Super slimy snot||Resistant balloon demonstration|
|Magazine microbes||Illness spreading game||Antibiotic myths|
|Microbe mayhem (top trumps)||Horrid hands||Infected game|
|Soap and pepper experiment||Stuck in the mud-chain tag|
|Food microbes||Antibiotic resistant tag|
|Antibiotic comics and scenario|
Did you complete the resource development section of the badge, and what did members develop?
Did you complete the Antibiotic Guardian pledge?
How would you rate the programme overall?
Have you, or would you recommend the programme to other youth group leaders?
What if anything would you change about the programme, activity pack or activities?
Survey responses help us evaluate and improve our resources
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Information for leaders
Powerpoints to help you deliver the activities
‘Marvellous microbes’ and ‘Spread of Infection’ powerpoints and the videos below are courtesy of Clare Liptrott, Cub leader and lecturer at Salford University, Manchester.
Videos of the activities in action:
Join us on social media!
We love seeing what your group has been getting up to, sharing your involvement and achievement of our Antibiotic Guardian badge is something small you can do to spread the message and get even more groups involved in pledging to save our antibiotics!
Photos & Posters of activities
Send in your photos to e-Bug@phe.gov.uk to have your photos uploaded below.