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Sexual health

An overview

Sexual Health is a broad term, and encompasses a whole range of topic areas. For more information on all of these, including up to date info on Services in your local area, visit the Sexual Health Bucks website.

Healthy Relationships

Nurturing relationships are important throughout life. Positive relationships with parents, carers, friends and others provide the best foundation for children and young people to develop the skills and networks to keep themselves safe and to make healthy choices as their sexual selves develop. Sexual health is more than just wearing a condom and knowing about STIs, it is about being empowered to make informed and healthy decisions that will impact on a young person’s overall wellbeing.

To start your class off, why not get young people to take our fun, healthy relationships quiz and find out “what’s on their pulling playlist?”

Consent 

Issues of consent are paramount. This covers healthy relationships, how to give and respect consent, rights and the law, and what assault is.
The Brook Charity  provide some really good information on rights and the law for young people.

The Sexual Health Buckinghamshire website also contains useful information and animations regarding consent

For more information about sexual assault, and services in Buckinghamshire see below.

Contraception

There are 15 types of contraception available in the UK, all with pros and cons. It is important that young people know about all of them, so that they are able to make informed decisions about what’s right for them.

All types of contraception, if used correctly, will help to prevent unintended pregnancy but condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The Sexual Health Buckinghamshire website has more information on the range of contraception available, the advantages and disadvantages, and where to get them from.

Also find out about the C-card scheme here, which enables young people to get free condoms from a large variety of access points in Buckinghamshire. 

STIs

All young people should be aware of the range of STIs and how to prevent them. See Sexual health Buckinghamshire for more information.

HIV

More information on HIV, and support services in Buckinghamshire.

www.tht.org.uk

Information on HIV and stigma (PDF)

Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them. This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity, from seemingly ‘consensual’ relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes, through to very serious organised crime. If you are worried about a young person, go to the Bucks Safeguarding Children Board website for info on what to do.

Sexting

For information on sexting visit this NHS Choices page.

The Brook website talks about sexting, and gives some top tips for young people.

Sexual Assault

Sexual violence can happen to anyone; men, women and children. The effect that it has on people will vary and different people may feel the impact of assault at different times.

If someone has been raped or sexually assaulted, either recently or in the past, there is confidential support available. They will not be forced to report the assault to the police but may be helped to do so if this is what they wish.

Solace Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) provide local communities with a safe, discreet and caring environment to support victims of rape and sexual assault.

If you, or someone you know has been raped or assaulted, please call the following:

Solace Centre – Bicester 0300 130 3036

Solace Centre – Slough 0300 130 3036

Everything will be kept confidential.

Useful resources for young people

i) Bodily changes

E.g. the male and female anatomy, what happens during puberty, how pregnancy occurs.
Sexpression also has lots of good information for young people.

ii) Gender and sexuality

‘Gender’ means someone’s feelings about being a girl or a boy, or neither, or something else entirely. ‘Sexuality’ means someone’s personal feelings about sex – who they fancy, and the kinds of sex they are interested in having. The Brook Charity explain this well

Young people can get support and confidential advice about gender and/or sexuality in Buckinghamshire from any of our sexual health services, use the service finder tool on the Sexual Health Bucks website to find services near you.

The GLAS project (Gay and Lesbian advice and support) also offers support to young people in Bucks. This group is open to young people, aged 13 to 19 years, who are both open about or questioning their sexuality, and would like support, information and a safe place to be able to access services specific to their sexuality, or just a place to hang out with young people going through similar issues and find peer support.

For information on events, please contact YouthSpaceBucks

More information on support services for gender and/or sexuality can be found here.

Visit the professionals pages for links to key sexual health documents, information on training courses in Bucks, more useful links, and local service info: Sexual Health Bucks teaching resources

The FPA (Family Planning Association) have some excellent teaching resources.

The government have developed a teacher toolkit with lesson plans (PDF) for addressing teenage relationship abuse in key stages 3,4, and 5. 

Sexwise - new national online resource

Part of the PHE-funded national health promotion programme for sexual and reproductive health and delivered by sexual health charity FPA this is the new go-to national resource for health professionals and young people practitioners who need accurate information about sexual and reproductive health. 

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