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Talking to your child about relationships and sex

Parents and guardians as well as young people can find it embarrassing and challenging to talk about sex especially if you are unsure about how to approach the subject.

Having open and honest discussions about sex and relationships helps your child to recognise the positive behaviours and to protect and safeguard them when they are ready to explore sex and sexuality.

Talking to your child about sex does not mean they will go out and do it. Helping your child to learn about age appropriate sex and relationships means that they can be empowered to make more informed choices and they are more likely to talk to you when they are concerned or worried.

We’ve put together some links to websites that can provide information about sexual health, sex and relationships to support you in your conversations.

 

BISH provides detailed information to support young people aged 14 and over

Young Person’s Sexual Health Advice Guide

NHS Choices Sexual Health

Consent and the law 

Brook 

Think U Know provide information about things you may be worried about

 

Relationship and Sex Education

Information on Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RE RSE) from ParentKind.

Respecting backgrounds and beliefs

Schools are able to decide how to teach RSE but there are guidelines saying that it should be age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, respecting the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents. At the same time, it aims to provide pupils with the knowledge they need of the law.


Relationship Education Policies

From September 2020, schools will be legally required to have their Relationship Education Policy available on their website. This will outline what that individual school will teach, when and how.

You can find a short two page guide with more information on what's being taught in primary and secondary schools.