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  1. Adoption and fostering - Adopting or fostering a child in care

    There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. Some will have siblings, but the decision to keep siblings together is based on a balanced assessment of each child's needs. Some will have been abused or neglected in early childhood, or

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  2. Adoption and fostering - Your adopted child's health needs

    When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is often an exciting time. It is important that you find out as much as possible about the child's health history and needs, so that if you decide to go ahead with the match, you will be as well informed as possible. Having realistic expe

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  3. Adoption and fostering - 'We adopted after IVF'

    "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our own children, adoption was always on the table. We tried IVF first, simply because in our area we had one free attempt. "We started IVF in September 2009. The experience was incredibly difficult for both of us, but probably more so fo

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  4. 9 mistakes parents make with toddlers

    Children don't come with owner's manuals. Alas. Toddlers - full of energy and eager to test your limits as well as their legs - can be particularly tricky to parent. Here are nine parenting mistakes every mum and dad of a toddler should avoid: You know how it is: a parent says no and a tantrum ensue

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  5. Sex and young people - Will they tell my parents?

    If you're 14 to 16 and want contraception, an abortion or tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the doctor, nurse or pharmacist won't tell your parents (or carer) as long as they believe that you fully understand the information you're given, and your decisions. They'll encourage you to 

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  6. Sex and young people - When sex goes wrong

    Unprotected sex is any sex without contraception or a condom. You may have forgotten to use contraception, or it may not have worked. Sometimes a condom might split or slip off during sex. This still counts as unprotected sex, and you're at risk of STIs and pregnancy. Always hold on to the base of t

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  7. Your child's health 6-15 - Overweight children: advice for parents

    As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to tell that your child is overweight. A child may not look particularly heavy to be overweight. And, because more children are becoming heavier at a younger age, we've become used to seeing bigger children. There's a lot you can now do to help your child r

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  8. Your child's health 6-15 - Very overweight children: advice for parents

    If your child is very overweight, there's lots you can do to help them become a healthy weight as they grow. Very overweight children tend to grow up to be very overweight adults, which can lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Research shows that childr

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  9. Your child's health 6-15 - Healthy weight children: advice for parents

    Research shows that children who stay a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn, and more self-confident. They're also much less likely to have health problems in later life. Children whose parents encourage them to be active and eat well are more likely to stay a healthy w

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  10. Your child's health 6-15 - How to involve your child in being healthy

    As a general rule, children should aim to include in their daily diet: at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables (5 A DAY) meals based on starchy foods, such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice (choose wholegrain varieties when possible) some milk and dairy products (choose low-fat

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