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Advice on... Alcohol and sex

Young people are more likely to engage in risky sexual activity after consuming alcohol. FPA's Clare Fanstone offers advice on how to discuss the dangers of mixing alcohol and sex, and looks at the impact such behaviour can have on young people's lives.

Advice on... Parental alcoholism

Children of alcohol-dependent parents often try to cover up a parent's drinking, but behind closed doors it can have an impact on nearly all areas of their lives. Marie-Claire Fitzpatrick explains how young people are affected.

Advice on... Legal highs

Thousands of young people in the UK are believed to take "legal highs" -- synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of cocaine or ecstasy. But just because such drugs are not classified as illegal doesn't mean they are safe, warns Gareth Balmer.

Case studies: Project casebook

Jo Stephenson reports on sex education sessions delivered by young mothers in Hertfordshire; a youth arts festival in Hackney; a film presentation made by young people to councillors in Wiltshire; and a youth card scheme in Barking and Dagenham.

Advice on... Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder can have a profound effect on the sufferer's life, influencing their mood, how they relate to others and the extent to which they take risks. Hannah Smith looks at how it affects young people's lives, and what treatments are available.

Health: Advice on ... Obesity

Latest figures show that childhood obesity levels are on the rise in the UK, but weight problems can be difficult to discuss with individual young people. Moya Sarner investigates the best approach for youth workers to take when tackling this issue.

Advice on ... Bullying

Bullying can lead to a range of mental health problems including depression, self-harm and eating disorders if it's not nipped in the bud. Richard Piggin explains what actions youth workers can take to support young people they suspect are being victimised.

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