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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.

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.

Health: Advice on ... Abortion procedures

Deciding to have an abortion is one of the most difficult decisions a young women will ever have to make. TheSite.org's Julia Pearlman looks at what the process actually involves and what to expect on the day.

Legal Update: NHS cost recovery proposals

Patients may soon need to present identification to access NHS treatment. Gargie Ahmad, intern at Coram Children's Legal Centre, considers the impact on undocumented migrant children and families.

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.

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