Other than having an awful name…
I love my job and am very luck that I get to earn a living doing something that I really care and feel passionate about. I am a bit of a geek and get a real kick about exploring both professional’s and young people’s attitudes to sex and relationships and the issues that it raises. As a result my focus is always on the sexual ethics (how things work in reality and the implications they raise), encouraging people to think about the issues, create their own opinions and to examine why we behave in a particular way – rather than merely waving around images of STIs and condom demonstrators hoping to scare or put people off sex.
I have been working with young people for the past 10 years in various forms, as a youth worker, supporting young people through the Youth Justice system and working for the PCT as a sexual health worker in schools and other youth settings. In this role I gained a vast experience of working with a whole variety of young people, seeing around 150 different young people every week from all sorts of social and economic backgrounds, including those labelled as SEN or EBD.
[Being one of the few men who actually work face-to-face with young people in my field I have always worked with groups of young men around SRE. As a result, in 2008 I was asked to deliver training at a Sexual health conference put on by Warwickshire County Council called “Don’t be a Dick” which focused on the importance of including young men in SRE discussion. I spent my time explaining to professionals the importance and the benefits of working with young men and how with a flip-chart and the right attitude it can be done.]
In July 2009 I started Going off the Rails I wanted to make sure that all young people and professionals had access to positive sex and relationship education that was fun, engaging and most importantly gave them the opportunity to ask the questions that were relevant to them – and yet didn’t cost the earth. That is what we have been doing ever since.
I completed my Masters 2011 writing my dissertation “The Forgotten Clitoris: Representations of Teenage Sexuality in Young Adult Fiction and its implications for SRE”.
Finally, I am a Dad to a little girl – having a daughter makes you think and she is the reason why I believe the what I do is so important.
If you like you can follow me on Twitter @littlerubberhat (I’ve embraced my name!) to keep up to date with what I am up to, our projects and all things – news, issues, sex, relationships and young people.