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Sexual health

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 (NHS)

Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020 will be compulsory from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.

DfE Statutory Guidance July 2019

bSHaW provides a funded training programme  (WISH) to support schools to deliver high-quality RSE lessons and enable them to talk to their pupils about sexual consent, healthy relationships, and sex appropriately.

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Consent 

Consent should be the basis for every sexual encounter. Making sure that your partner consents to a sexual encounter are one of the most important parts of both partners enjoying a satisfying sexual experience. Engaging in a sexual act without the other person’s consent is considered sexual assault or rape and it is illegal.

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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 protects 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 more 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

Terrence Higgins Trust, HIV Action Plan

Find out more information on HIV, and Support Services

Exploitation

Exploitation is a form of abuse where someone is forced or coerced into doing things for the benefit of others.

  • exploitation is often a gradual process
  • people are groomed and introduced to new ideas, behaviours, and activities, making these appear normal and acceptable
  • these behaviours and activities may seem exciting or give someone something they are looking for – including money, gifts, or a sense of belonging
  • people may not recognise that they are being exploited until their situation becomes very serious
  • exploitation can take many forms, can take place in a range of situations, and can involve many groups of people.

I am worried about a young person

Sexting

For information on sexting and nude photos visit ThinkUknow
For information on sexting and sending nudes visit Childline
For information on sexting and top tips visit Brook Charity
For information and guidance on how to keep children safe online visit NSPCC

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.

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

Helpline: 01296 719772
Email: support@avmksaass.org.uk
Website: www.avmksaass.org.uk

Everything will be kept confidential.

Useful Resources

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 explains this well. 

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

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. 

RSE Resources 

Ian Bauckham to advise the government on improving relationships and sex education in schools via 21st Century Relationship & Sex Education 

For free and confidential sexual health information for people under 25, please visit Brook 

Visit FRSH-RCOG abortion care factsheet to support RSE lessons  for free resources for professionals in secondary schools to use in relationships and sex education (RSE) lessons. It aims to ensure that professionals involved in educating young people have a factually accurate, unbiased, and evidence-based source of information about abortion in the UK

Women’s Aid has launched a new #LoveRespect website to support teenage girls at risk of relationship abuse and challenge myths surrounding the nature of coercive control.

Advice and stories about abuse in relationships via Love: The good, the bad and the ugly 

Watch Mimi on a Mission (BBC) Sex Ed presented by YouTube star, Mimi Missfit, will get us all thinking and chatting about the weird and wonderful, sometimes mysterious and often cringe world of sex, love, and relationships.

Visit Rise Above which is PHE’s social marketing programme that aims to equip 11 to 16-year-olds with the skills they need to withstand social pressures and prevent or delay risky behaviour. It co-creates video content with young people which is shared by peers and influencers via a digital hub and social media channels to drive engagements. This content is then used to develop lesson plans for Personal, Social, and Health Education classes to promote positive mental health and sexual health and delay and prevent core risk behaviours such as smoking, drinking, and taking drugs. By tackling multiple issues, the campaign aims to build resilience, encourage better health literacy and support young people to make choices to reduce risky behaviour and better health decisions. These might include understanding sexual consent, peer pressure, positive relationships, puberty, sexting, and much more.

For teaching resources, best practice and policy, and evidence for why quality sex and relationships education works visit Sex Education Forum

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