Youth-led Health Promotion

Reading through the latest issue of Children & Young People Now, an article caught my eye. The ‘Skills for the job’ section talks about the need for youth organisations to “actively involve young people in developing policies for a healthy lifestyle”. So why is this important? Well as we know, for years, health education inContinue reading “Youth-led Health Promotion”

Smoking and Drinking Behaviours are Improving

With 207,000 11-15 year olds estimated to take up smoking and around 80% of under 18 smokers continuing to smoke throughout adulthood, helping young people to better understand risks and norms continues to be an important marker in terms of risk taking and health.

Young People Must Lead the Change

Viv Bennett, the Department of Health’s Director of Nursing, recently posted a great blog on how consulting with young people makes for more effective Public Health messages. Titled “Nothing about us without us”, she comments on how “listening to children and young people is core to PHE and Department of Health values”. For 5 yearsContinue reading “Young People Must Lead the Change”

R U Different? 6 Reasons Why We Are…

It might now be that time when you are thinking about how your School or Local Authority might deliver it’s PSHE or Health objectives next term. Finding the right delivery partner to positively impact the lives of Young People however can be tricky, so we’ll start by looking at a few of the things weContinue reading “R U Different? 6 Reasons Why We Are…”

Stop Shouting! There’s a Better Way

Those of you who work directly with young people will know that the direct approach rarely works.  You can tell a teenager till you’re blue in the face that risk taking behaviours are a very bad idea, but he won’t hear you, even while he nods and smiles.

Carrot 1 – Stick 0: Getting Past Teenagers’ Selective Hearing

We can’t resist giving ourselves a gentle pat on the back after having seen the recent blog post by Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England National Director for Health & Wellbeing.

Tackling Risk Taking Behaviour and Getting Results

“Results in Swindon show us that [R U Different?] can change perceptions and behaviours and, later on in life, when these young people aren’t smoking and aren’t drinking to excess, they will have better health outcomes.” Cherry Jones, Acting Director of Public Health, Swindon Borough Council There aren’t many projects connected to Risky Behaviours that can beContinue reading “Tackling Risk Taking Behaviour and Getting Results”

My Imaginary Friends Do It . . . so I will too.

You are already familiar with the term ‘social norms’ – the pattern of behaviour in any social group that is accepted as normal and to which all members of that group are expected to conform. This is a good thing when applied to behaviours that are beneficial to the greater society – drink driving forContinue reading “My Imaginary Friends Do It . . . so I will too.”

How will you shape young lives this year?

Schools are now back and planning their activities for the year. With the Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) gone and Tell Us surveys now a distant memory, how will you evaluate the behaviour and safety of pupils within your schools?