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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.

How Covid-19 remade children’s services

A year on from the emergence of the coronavirus and onset of the pandemic, experts assess the long-term impact of the disruption it has caused to children’s services and young people’s lives.

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.

Advice on ... Contraception

The UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe. FPA's Lynn Hearton and Anastasia Morgan-Rose offer advice on how youth workers can raise the subjects of sexual health and contraception with young people.

Health: Advice on ... Accident prevention

Thousands of young people have to make a trip to accident and emergency every year. Cassius Francis, youth liaison officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, shows how youth workers can help young people avoid danger.

Health: Advice on... Volatile substance abuse

Volatile substance abuse might not make the headlines, but the latest figures show it claimed eight lives in 2005. Re-Solv's Steve Lambert looks at the types of products young people misuse and how youth workers can spot the warning signs.

Health: Advice on ... Eating disorders

Disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are often thought of as trivial conditions that only affect teenage girls. However, the reality is that they are serious psychiatric conditions experienced by both sexes, as Emma Healey from the charity beat explains.

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.

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