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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.

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 ... First aid

Young people are more prone to cuts and scrapes than adults, which means youth professionals need to be prepared for when injuries occur. Clive James from St John Ambulance looks at the equipment and training available to youth workers.

Health: Advice on ... Alcohol

At least half of 11- to 15-year-olds admit to drinking alcohol, which has led to growing concern about how this could affect their developing bodies. Addaction's Rebecca Cheshire considers some of the ways youth workers can tackle the problem.

Interview - Keep Britain tidy - Bill Bryson, president, Campaign to Protect Rural England

Bill Bryson doesn't regard himself as a role model for young people. On the issue of engaging them in the Campaign to Protect Rural England's current drive to stop littering, he admits: "What a campaign like this needs is for young people to be hearing from someone who isn't an old fart like me. It's no good me looking to young people to join the campaign. They aren't going to do something just because I say so."

Election 2017: Party Policy Guide

Neil Puffett has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the three main UK-wide parties pledge on key issues for children, young people and families.

Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

Health: Advice on ... Smoking

Smoking causes a range of serious health problems, yet nearly one in five 15-year-old girls continues to smoke regularly. Anne Schulthess explains what the dangers of smoking are and how to raise awareness to encourage young people to quit.

Advice on ... Cannabis

One in five teenagers and young adults admit to using cannabis despite growing fears about its long-term effects. DrugScope's Ruth Goldsmith explains why it can be harmful and what policies youth projects should have in place.

Log on to... Healthy eating

Obesity and the size-zero debate are increasing the focus on eating a balanced diet, particularly at key stages in life such as childhood and adolescence. Tim Burke looks at what various websites have to offer in terms of youth-friendly advice.

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