If you tuned into the BBC’s flagship news programme, BBC Breakfast, last week, you’ll have seen pupils from the Observatory School, Wirral, filmed as part of its regular BBC News School Report.
Pupils have been taking part in a ‘World’s Wettest Classroom’ project on the ocean-going yacht ‘Diva,’ learning not only sailing, but also sea survival, sail design and repair, and marine engineering.
They were filmed taking the yacht from its berth in Liverpool to MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, where they...
Some adults may try to buy your trust with expensive gifts; these gifts are often bribes to make you feel you have to do something in return. When you’re online, someone you don’t know may try and talk to you and ask you lots of questions about where you live and go to school. You may also be asked to take part in things you feel uncomfortable with , such as drug taking or stealing to prove your ‘love’ and loyalty.
All the above can be signs of exploitation, a form of abuse that is against...
National Citizen Service is open to Year 11 and Year 12 students at schools and colleges, as well as other 16 and 17 years olds not currently in education. Running three times a year in spring (year 12), summer (year 11 & 12) and autumn (year 12), programmes take place during school and college holidays and consist of up to two short stays away from home, a planning week and 30 hours of part-time work spent on a community project.
NCS is for everyone regardless of income, interests,...
Victims of domestic violence and abuse aged 16 and 17 will be recognised under a new cross-government definition announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg earlier this year.
The definition of domestic violence will now include young people under 18 and is the latest action by the government to tackle violence against young people.
A change to the official definition of domestic violence used across government will aim to increase awareness that young people in this age-group do experience...
How much do your parents drink? Do you feel it's too much? You may be surprised to hear that up to one million children in the UK live with parents who have serious drinking problems.
Most adults who drink don't have a problem with alcohol. In sensible amounts it's usually fine, but drinking to excess can cause lots of problems and lasting damage to your body. If someone is drinking too much and they are not able to stop they may have a drinking problem called alcoholism. Alcoholism is an...
So what's all the fuss about mephedrone? And is it really a plant food? Is it illegal?
If you want to know more, then you'll find all the facts here!
What is mephedrone?
How do people take mephedrone?
What does mephedrone do?
What are the risks?
What is mephedrone cut with?
Can you get addicted to mephedrone?
Mephedrone and the law
What if you're caught?
A young person's story
Need some help?
What is mephedrone?
Mephedrone is a powerful stimulant and is part of the cathinone family, a group...
With darker mornings and evenings, it’s more important than ever to make sure you can be seen when out and about.
'Be bright, be seen' is a crucial message for young people as we move through autumn and winter, and applies whether you're out and about on foot, or on your bike.
Pedestrians and cyclists need to make sure they are safe and can be seen by drivers; below are some tips on how to stay bright and be seen.
Wear brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing as it shows up well in daylight...
Earlier this year on June 30th, Young Reporters attended Youthfest - a music event just for young people which took place in Birkenhead Park from 2-8pm. For the second year running, Youthfest has been a good opportunity for local bands to play on-stage like professionals with professional equipment. As it was a competition between the bands, there had to be a winner!! The standard was very high but judges decided that Undiscovered Society were the winners, beating off the excellent competition...
On the 9th of October 2012 the Youth Voice Conference took place at the Wallasey Town Hall. This is a big event on the participation calendar that takes place every year for Young People all over the Wirral. It allows them to have their voice heard and their views put forward without being judged or ignored.
A lot of Councillors and professionals like the police attended the event, some of which were 'hot-seated', which allowed young people to ask any question they liked about the jobs they do...
The Council Chamber was host to tense debate on Tuesday 9th October as the Youth Parliament gathered for their 7th meeting to put forward their motions. Wirral Council's Universal Youth Support Service runs the annual event, which is attended by students from schools across Wirral and supported by Youth Workers.
The Chamber was packed out with young people and councillors and was chaired by the Mayor. There was nothing trivial about the evening; everybody spoke with great conviction and...