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The old rules still apply in the online world

Like many youth workers, I use online social networks. A while back I took the decision to use these networks as a "work profile", that is, to treat any interactions that occur online as part of my job.

The joys of sex should be explained

Earlier this year, the government confirmed its intention to make sex education compulsory in schools as part of the introduction of personal, social and health education to the National Curriculum.

Editorial: A backward step for youth justice

The new government's decision to give the Ministry of Justice sole responsibility for youth justice in England and Wales is massively misguided. It ends a three-year spell where responsibility was shared with the former Department for Children, Schools and Families. During that time, as it happens, the youth prison population declined from 2,927 in March 2007 to 2,207 in March 2010.

Cut traffic speed to make cycling safer

When I was about 10 a car came around the corner of a quiet country lane and knocked me flying off my bicycle. Fortunately, I went into the hedge and the bike went into the middle of the road.

It can be better to text than to talk

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) research on positive activities released at the end of August made for interesting reading. Back in March, the DCSF conducted interviews with 72 pairs of young people aged between 13 and 19. The purpose of the research was to understand the motivators and barriers to young people participating in positive activities, and to find the most effective ways in encouraging young people to participate.

Haringey needs intensive support

Who would want to work in Haringey children's services? As we reveal this week, care proceedings in the London borough soared after Baby P's death dominated the news.

Yell out about youth work's success

The New Labour years were hardly characterised by profligacy in spending on young people's services. It was generally only the most deprived areas that received more than 100 a head to spend on providing youth services.

A robust case for early intervention

Among the flurry of government announcements to come out in the dying days of this Parliament, last week's long-awaited early intervention paper is the most important.

Policy into practice Ethnic minority voting

The issue: The European elections are around the corner but how many of us are going to vote? European elections have traditionally had a low turnout, but this is particularly the case for ethnic minority young people, who may feel disengaged from the political process.

Foreign language skills have local benefits

Thanks to a range of social influences, the world is now a smaller place than ever before. The internet boom, changing migration patterns, a growing global business community and increasing frequency of international travel have increased the value of foreign language skills and engaging with people from different cultures enormously.