Opinion

How chewing gum made its mark on history

By Howard Williamson |

23 October 2007

One of the very first pieces I wrote for Young People Now back in 2003, but which remained unpublished, was called 'One Half Piece of Chewing Gum'.

Prevention is far better than any cure

By Anne Longfield |

16 October 2007

A preventive approach to support for children and young people has emerged as a clear priority within the reconfigured Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Editorial: Time to welcome policing to the big picture

By Ravi Chandiramani |

16 October 2007

The values of Every Child Matters are about to tread fresh ground and penetrate the vocation of policing.

A little support can make a big difference

By Howard Williamson |

16 October 2007

The other day I wrote three references.

Editorial: Youth taskforce is a better way to get respect

By Ravi Chandiramani |

09 October 2007

Amid the media maelstrom surrounding the snap general election that now isn't to be, the government last Friday slipped out an announcement that the Respect Taskforce and accompanying Respect Action Plan has been disbanded (see p6).

Joined-up thinking on mental health

By Anne Longfield |

09 October 2007

The physical support needs of teenagers give only half of the picture relating to health and wellbeing needs. The teenage years are a notoriously difficult period, with many people feeling alone and unable to rely on their friends or parents for support. Often, teenagers feel self-doubt as they grow up through this experimental period, throughout which they are in search of identity and independence. But concerns about the emotional wellbeing should not just be limited to teenagers.

Let's be clear about deaths in custody

By Howard Williamson |

09 October 2007

Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. The other week, on the radio during primetime news, I listened to one of the most disingenuous debates I have ever heard that confirmed this mantra to a tee. Regrettably, it concerned the sensitive and emotive topic of deaths in custody.

Youth work by the freezer cabinet

By Michael Bracey |

03 October 2007

I want to describe bumping into young people in Sainsbury's as an occupational hazard. But that makes it sound like a bad thing when it's not.

I've just compiled a newsletter for voluntary youth organisations in Warwickshire focusing on the Government's 10-year strategy for positive activities. I'm due to retire in December after 35 years of involvement in youth work, so I smugly reflected on this latest in a long line of government missives and breathed a sigh of relief that it wouldn't affect me.

It's time for us to be treated as professionals

By Doug Nicholls |

03 October 2007

There are some perennial weeds in the youth work garden. Unless they are removed, the aspirations the government has declared for young people will wither away. The obstacles to growth relate to workforce issues.