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Front of Mind

Increased political profile and a new care framework offer a chance to improve children's mental health services. Louise Hunt examines the prospects and looks at the innovative work of local projects.

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.

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 ... 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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