Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are bacterial or viral infections that can be passed on through unprotected sexual contact.
Understanding the different types of STIs, how to prevent them, the process for being tested and the treatments available, can help to prepare young people for healthier and safer sexual relationships in the future.
The process of puberty can be daunting and confusing for young people. Teaching them about the physical and mental changes of adolescence will prepare them to know what to expect, whilst recognising the diversity of experiences every young person may go through.
Our four-part course supports you to help young people understand the changes to the body, emotions and mental health during puberty, the process of reproduction and periods, and explore this key time for the development of sexual feelings.
Whether you are a teacher, a youth worker or young people's professional, you'll know that talking about relationships and sex with young people isn't always easy.
Research shoes that professionals often lack the support, skills or tools to help young people develop safe, healthy relationships.
If you're feeling nervous, ill-equipped or slightly embarrassed, our aim with this suite of modules on "How to Deliver RSE" is to empower, support and encourage you to deliver effective relationship and sex education (RSE).
Good education on the subject of relationships leaves young people better equipped to negotiate issues such as conflict and consent and are less likely to be vulnerable to abusive situations. But research shows that professionals often lack the support, skills or tools to deliver this education.
To help you, Brook and The Open University have teamed up to provide e-learning based on a research project called ‘Enduring Love?’ The research team surveyed and interviewed over 5000 adult couples in long-term relationships and the findings were simply fascinating.
Enrol now to this free resource.
Contraception refers to the methods that are used to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of contraception (condoms) can also be used to prevent some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Learning about contraception leaves young people better equipped to have healthier, safer sexual lives. It also supports them to understand their range of choices and to make informed choices when the time comes.
Teaching young people about consent equips them to have more safe, ethical and enjoyable sexual experiences.
Our four-part course supports you to help young people to understand the law, the gender norms, stereotypes and cultural factors which may affect their ability to consent and supports them to communicate about consent with their partners.
Sex and relationships education (SRE) can often focus on the negatives of infection, risks of pregnancy, exploitation and violence. But this is not a positive, honest or realistic place to start from.
SRE can also have more of a focus on sex for reproduction but the young people you are educating will be well aware that most of us have sex because it is pleasurable!