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Stages of puberty: what happens to boys and girls

Puberty is when a child's body begins to develop and change as they become an adult. Girls develop breasts and start their periods, and boys develop a deeper voice and start to look like men. The average age for girls to begin puberty is 11,…

Learning disabilities: Annual Health Checks

People with learning disabilities often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This doesn't need to be the case. The Annual Health Check scheme is for adults and young people aged 14 or above with learning disabilities who need more health support and who…

Worried about your teenager?

It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on. Many of the symptoms listed below can often be attributed to normal teenage behaviour. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful…

Special educational needs (SEN)

If your child has a learning disability, their special educational needs (SEN) can be met either in a mainstream school with extra support, or in a special school. If your child has special educational needs, they will be able to access help, called SEN support, from: nurseries or…

Oxfordshire residents to continue to follow the rules as schools go back

Residents in Oxfordshire are being reminded that they should continue to follow national regulations and take part in any symptom-free testing scheme they can as the country enters the first part (step one) of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Changes this week to lockdown…

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…

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…

Summer safety for younger children

While it's important to be prepared for any dangers that children might face during the summer, it's also important to let them run around and have fun. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes that children's activity and play need to be as safe…

What should I do if my child has an eating disorder?

If your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, here's what you can do to help. Talk to them about it Your son or daughter may suddenly become withdrawn, touchy or even rude, which can make talking with your child very difficult - especially if…

Separation anxiety

Babies and toddlers often get clingy and cry if you or their other carers leave them, even for a short time. Separation anxiety and fear of strangers is common in young children between the ages of six months and three years, but it's a normal part…