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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.

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.

Youth Work Sessions: Explore sexual health with young people

Talking about sex, relationships and sexual health can be a challenging experience for both facilitators and young people. These activities aim to help young people not only learn about sexual health in an interesting and fun way but also to develop the skills and confidence to make healthy choices in real life.

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.

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... Parental alcoholism

Children of alcohol-dependent parents often try to cover up a parent's drinking, but behind closed doors it can have an impact on nearly all areas of their lives. Marie-Claire Fitzpatrick explains how young people are affected.

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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