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Policy into practice - Healthy eating

A healthy and nutritious diet is an important factor in leading a healthy lifestyle and can prevent obesity and disease in later life. But many children and young people do not always have the information to make decisions about what they eat as parents and schools often determine their meals.

Is a better diet in custody a recipe for success?

A doctor and writer with the wonderfully exotic name of Theodore Dalrymple once observed that young people coming out of young offender institutions were probably considerably healthier than when they went in - indeed, often more than they had ever been in their lives.

Commissioner for Wales is up to the challenge

It was an "exceedingly drawn-out" appointments process, according to one Welsh politician. But Keith Towler came through the interviews, both with young people and politicians, to secure the position of children's commissioner for Wales, just under a year after the untimely death of his predecessor Peter Clarke.

Editorial: Inherent dangers lurk in staying safe plan

With the publication of the Staying Safe Action Plan last week, the government has been at pains not to be seen to wrap children up in cotton wool. In presentation terms, the document's front cover depicts children happily participating in watersports, climbing and running. Meanwhile, the Department for Children, Schools and Families' press notice on the safety plan leads heavily on the proposal to encourage teachers to take pupils on outdoor school trips by providing advice and diminishing bureaucracy.

Education is what they need to kick the drugs

Teenagers' temptation to experiment with drugs is on the rise. According to the Department of Health, back in 1998, 29 per cent of 15-year-old boys and 1.5 per cent of 11-year-olds were found to have used drugs over the course of the year. Fast-forward to 2005 (the department's latest available figures) and those numbers swell to 34 per cent and six per cent respectively.

From The Frontline - Drugs don't always work for ADHD sufferers

I've worked with many young people with behavioural problems and hyperactive disorders since I started out in youth work eight years ago. I've lost count of the number of conversations I've had with concerned families about how their child is "out of control" or "needs sorting out" because they are unable to cope with the erratic behaviour.

Let's talk about sex in a more open way

Experimenting with relationships is an inevitable part of growing up. For some, sex becomes a part of this, prompting concerns about the consequences of sexually active young people.

The unpalatable truth of obesity

Let me introduce you to the Quality Street Six. They're a small group of young people I work with each week. And like many youth groups, eating and drinking together has become a big part of our meetings.