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Foundation Training:

A sex positive approach to talking to young people about sex & relationships


Talking to young people about sex and their relationships can be daunting – what do you say? Can you answer their questions honestly? How much is too much? Where do you draw the line…?

The truth is if you work with young people, the chances are you will have to engage them in conversations about sex and relationships – whether it is unpicking their attitudes to sex, their partners or sign posting them to access support or contraception.  Regardless if you like it or not it is inevitable. If they value you as a worker they will talk to you and ask you questions – whether you think you are the right person or not!

The foundation training is designed to give professionals who work young people a good understanding of RSE and their role in delivering quality sex positive interventions.

Aim: To build professionals confidence in initiating conversations with young people in order to empower them to take control & make informed decisions about their sexuality & relationships freely and responsibly.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, participants will:

  • Have had an opportunity to consider their own attitudes and values around young people, their relationships and sexuality, and how they might impact on their work.
  • understand what Comprehensive Sexuality Education looks like in real terms, and recognise the benefits of a Sex-Positive approach.
  • Be better able to initiate conversations with young people around sex & relationships, whilst also feeling more confident to answer their questions.
  • Be aware of the range of local sexual health resources and services and how to signpost to them

You will need to complete the foundation training before you can access either ‘Avoiding the Oops’ or ‘It’s only Banter’.