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Many students with eating disorders struggle to get the treatment they need at university, warns a charity.

Without help, students with eating disorders risk dropping out of their studies warns Beat, which campaigns on behalf of sufferers.

A survey of just over 200 students with eating disorders found 32% were diagnosed after starting their course.

Almost a fifth (18%) said their condition had forced them to drop out of their degree course.

Another 39% had to take a break from their studies.

More than half (52%) of those surveyed said their university was not doing enough to support students with eating disorders or to identify those at risk and intervene to help them.

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To mark sexual health week, Emma Sterland highlights the importance of delivering positive sex and relationship education.

Talking to children about sex is a discussion most parents find difficult. Tricky at the best of times, embarrassing and disastrous at the worst. But when your child has learning disabilities, the subject can be even more of a minefield. Will they understand? Will they be safe? Do they really need to know?


Emotional distress in young people is common. It may be the affective response to the challenges of everyday life or may indicate a mental health disorder compatible with a psychiatric diagnosis. The most recent and widely cited household survey reports that at least 10% of 10 to 15-year-olds and 17% of 16 to 19-year-olds have symptoms consistent with a mental health disorder as defined by the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10). Behavioural manifestations of emotional distress might include self-harm, which at a conservative estimate appears to affect around 10% of adolescents, as reported in six studies cited by Hawton et al  in a recently published review.

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Volunteers from the helpline ChildLine are planning to visit every UK primary school at least once every two years to teach children about abuse.

The new NSPCC campaign called Now I Know aims to teach nine to 11-year-olds about self-protection and getting help.

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Parents should continue reading with their children throughout primary school, urges a report.

Too many parents ditch the daily reading habit once their child reaches the age of seven, according to research for Oxford University Press.

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