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Public health and prevention

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Claire James

on 21 January 2013

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Transcript of Public health and prevention

Why prevention is the key to public health Young people and risky behaviour As children grow up the choices they make can have long-lasting impacts Drinking Smoking Drug use Sexual health Crime and anti-social behaviour Disengagement from school and get more independence These issues are all inter-related Some young people take few risks with their health and wellbeing.
For others it is a phase they grow out of.
But some do significant harm to themselves and others. Taking action here Or even here is a lot cheaper than tackling problems at this stage How can we make a difference? School Family Youth work Health and social services Dislike of school and missing school are also strongly linked to risk of young motherhood Young people who drink regularly, smoke and/or take illegal drugs have a higher risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime Drinking alcohol is linked to risky sexual behaviour. And young people who skip school... ...are more likely to drink and vice-versa Use our knowledge about what puts young people at risk and what keeps them safe Disengagement from school is also linked to involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour. are closely linked. Police Public health has a key role in coordinating all this. Of 15 year olds who smoked in the past week, half took drugs in the previous month. Health risk behaviours of adolescence www.mentoruk.org.uk/publichealth Mentor has put together briefing papers to help make the case for prevention and set out effective approaches Take the best research evidence of what works in prevention and early intervention Combine targeted help for young people most at risk with universal interventions to help shift social norms Work where young people are - schools, families, communities. Use resources effectively through joined up working... ?
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