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Getting away from it all

Residential trips have formed a core part of youth provision over many years. Joe Lepper explores how these sometimes life-changing experiences have evolved to meet the needs of young people today.

Youth Work Sessions: Smoking cessation

Before starting to facilitate any of these activities on smoking cessation, it is important to consider that some young people may already be regular or occasional smokers. This does not mean that they will all be ready to give up. But after raising awareness through these activities, they may consider it, or be ready to try, so please have details of local smoking cessation support available.

Youth Work Sessions: Happy families

These activities will help young people to look at some of the issues around being parents to teenagers, and the rights and responsibilities that people who live together have to one another.

Youth Work Sessions: Explore sexual health with young people

Talking about sex, relationships and sexual health can be a challenging experience for both facilitators and young people. These activities aim to help young people not only learn about sexual health in an interesting and fun way but also to develop the skills and confidence to make healthy choices in real life.

Youth Work Sessions: Fostering healthy relationships

Young people should be encouraged to think about how they develop and maintain healthy relationships. This workpack offers them the opportunity to solve a variety of relationship dilemmas and practice empathy, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Excellent adventures

Twenty years since the Lyme Bay tragedy in which four young canoeists died, outdoor learning activities are enjoying a revival, says Charlotte Goddard, with proven benefits to children's long-term wellbeing

Youth Work Sessions: How to encourage healthy eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone. This means eating a wide range of foods, including the occasional treat, and balancing this with the amount of exercise done each day. To help open up discussions and start to explore healthy eating, here are a few tried and tested activities.

Outcomes for adolescents

A "framework of outcomes for young people", developed by The Young Foundation, aims to help the youth sector prove the impact of its work. Charlotte Goddard examines how three charities have been trialling it

Rehabilitation inside

The effective rehabilitation of young people in custody is crucial to aid resettlement and cut their likelihood to reoffend. Derren Hayes visits Cookham Wood young offender institution in Kent to witness first hand its efforts to apply youth work in prison

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