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Practitioner Toolkit

The Practitioner Toolkit contains information and tools for issues arising in work with children, young people and families. This page contains: resources on concerns which might arise while helping a child or family; organised by topics; linked to searches for local organisations which can support work around…

The risks of treatment abroad

Before going abroad for medical treatment, it's important to get enough information to make the right choice. There are several issues that need to be considered.  All types of medical treatment involve some element of risk, whether you receive the treatment in the UK or abroad.…

Sexual health for lesbian and bisexual women

Women who have sex with other women can pass on or get STIs. Know how to protect yourself. Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and it's important not to be complacent about getting tested for them, according to Ruth…

Sweets, fizzy drinks and bottles

10 tips for parents on the top causes of tooth decay in children - and how to avoid them. Establishing good habits can help your child avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.  Can I let my child have sweets? Most children want sweets, but you can help to prevent…

Take care of your teeth and gums

Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum: Brush your teeth twice a day Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in our teeth cleaning guide. Floss between your teeth…

Teeth facts and figures

Teeth are vital to our overall health, helping us to bite and chew food. How much do you know about them? Milk teeth Babies' teeth begin to develop before they are born, but in most cases don't come through until they're between 6 and 12 months…

Teeth whitening

More and more people are paying for brighter, whiter teeth. But does teeth whitening work and is it safe? Here are the answers to common questions about the treatment. What is teeth whitening? Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can't make your teeth…

Travel illnesses and vaccinations

Get the right travel vaccinations and follow the advice below to reduce your risk of common infectious diseases.   Water and food safety  Insect bites  Travellers' diarrhoea  Malaria  Dengue  HIV and STIs  Hepatitis A  Hepatitis B  Typhoid  Yellow fever  Rabies Meningitis  Travel health experts advise preparing for…

Your adopted child's health needs

Children adopted from care will have experienced trauma and loss, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some may have additional needs resulting from physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities. When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is…