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How to talk to your child about sex

If your child is asking questions about sex, they're ready for truthful answers. It's never too early to start talking about it - find out how to go about it. Children are naturally curious about their bodies and other people. By answering any questions they ask, you…

How to use self-test kits safely

You can get self-test kits for a range of health concerns, including infertility, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and some forms of cancer. These kits are available on the high street, online and on the NHS. Before buying a self-test kit, it's best to talk to a health professional,…

How to volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding way to use your spare time. There are many people, charities and organisations who could benefit from your support. First of all, decide what kind of volunteering would suit you. Think about the sort of organisation you'd like to volunteer for, the activities you'd like…

How TVs, phones and screens spoil kids' sleep

Studies suggest that teenagers aren't getting enough sleep. Being glued to their mobiles, tablets and other screens may be one reason why. Just over half of 11 to 17 year olds say they are getting eight or more hours' sleep a night. Sleep experts say…

How vaccines work

Vaccines work by making us produce antibodies to fight disease without actually infecting us with the disease. If the vaccinated person then comes into contact with the disease itself, their immune system will recognise it and immediately produce the antibodies they need to fight it. Newborn babies…

How your GP can help you lose weight

If you've tried and failed to lose weight, a visit to your GP surgery could help.  Your GP or practice nurse can: assess your general health help identify the cause of your weight gain work out if there are any health issues causing you to put on…

How your GP can help you quit

Dr Michael Apple explains what GPs can do to help patients quit smoking for good. "GPs are generally delighted to help people who have decided to quit smoking. That's because about 40% of smokers will die from a smoking-related condition, so we know that stopping is one…

Impartial Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) Service in Hampshire

Support for children and young people with educational needs and/or disability living in Hampshire, and their parents, changed in the new year. In response to feedback from families, the service provides a single point of contact for children and young people with special educational needs…

Inclusive Early Years Provision

What does fully inclusive practice mean and how will you know if the service you have chosen for your child is inclusive? The SEND Code of Practice demands that '‘All children are entitled to an education that enables them to; achieve the best possible educational…

Incontinence products

Incontinence pads and other products and devices can make life easier for you if you're waiting for a diagnosis or for a treatment to work. This page covers: Pads and pull-ups Avoid sanitary pads Stop stress incontinence leaks Appliances and bedding Can I get incontinence products on the…
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