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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.

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.

Joined-up thinking on mental health

The physical support needs of teenagers give only half of the picture relating to health and wellbeing needs. The teenage years are a notoriously difficult period, with many people feeling alone and unable to rely on their friends or parents for support. Often, teenagers feel self-doubt as they grow up through this experimental period, throughout which they are in search of identity and independence. But concerns about the emotional wellbeing should not just be limited to teenagers.

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