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Publications and toolkits for professionals working in the field of sexual health and wellbeing.

Talking with your child/teenager about relationships and sexual wellbeing

NHS Health Scotland have worked in partnership with the Scottish Government, NHS Boards, Education Scotland and third sector organisations to support the refresh of the booklets ‘talking to your child about relationships and sexual wellbeingand talking to your teenager about relationships and sexual wellbeing’.

The ‘talking with’ booklets sits within the SHARE family and aims to inform parents and carers of commonly asked questions to help them discuss issues around relationships and in particular answer those awkward questions that it is sometimes easier to avoid. Through Curriculum for Excellence, children learn about Relationships, Sexual health and Parenthood (RSHP) education through the health and wellbeing curriculum area, the booklets aim to help link discussions between school and home. One of the main ways that children learn about relationships and sexuality is from their parents or carers, talking and educating children around this topic can develop their confidence, self-esteem, knowledge of their bodies and skills needed to build healthy relationships. Giving support, information and promoting positive self-esteem from a young age can help reduce the chances of young people getting a sexually transmitted infection, an unintended pregnancy or unhealthy relationship.

Long Lasting Contraception

Giving You More Choice was a campaign that aims to:

  • promote the three most effective methods of longer-lasting contraception (the intrauterine methods and the implant)
  • improve the overall knowledge and awareness of longer-lasting methods
  • encourage women aged 18 to 44 years to explore their contraceptive options when next visiting their GP or family planning services
  • ultimately reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and repeat terminations.

The campaign was developed following research with women and professionals. These findings highlighted that women wanted accurate information that challenged some of the myths about longer-lasting contraception. Many women reported that they ‘asked for the pill’ and that’s all they got whether it was suitable or not. Many health professionals admitted that they did not know enough about longer lasting contraceptives to offer women real support in deciding what contraceptives was best for them. To help health professionals respond to the conversations women might have with them on longer-lasting contraception, we’ve provided longer-lasting contraception briefing guidelines that can be used within the confines of a limited 10-minute patient consultation.

Learning Together

The ‘learning together’ database was created in 2010 to describe a range of sexual health and relationship resources for parents and carers.

The Sex Factor DVD

In September 2009, the NHS Education for Scotland Young Person’s Public Partnership Forum (PPF), in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, hosted a sexual health education awareness event in Glasgow. This event was hosted for young people from a variety of socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds, in order to raise awareness of services for young people in relation to sexual health and relationships, collect young people’s views and experiences of health services and influence ways in which children and young people have their voices heard.

Relationships, sexual health and parenting are a key feature of the new school curriculum and the work being undertaken by the NES Young People’s PPF compliments education already being delivered. This DVD gives a valuable insight into the challenges/issues identified by the young people themselves.

If you have any problems viewing the film, please email the NES webmaster:

Updated 14 July 2016

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