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Health Promotion Service Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

 

Relationship and Sex Education

Helping schools to explore and improve Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

  • Professional development and training
  • Support
  • Curriculum and policy development 

To ensure the delivery of quality sex and relationships education in schools with clear outcomes linked to local services. 

Part of theSexual Health Strategy for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 2010 – 2013; To improve the Sexual Health of young people

Why is RSE important?

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools and at home is more important than ever. It ensures that children and young people have reliable information and a safe environment to learn about relationships and sex. Providing a broad programme of RSE that is responsive to the reality of the modern world is vital for safeguarding children and young people. It makes an important contribution to their health and wellbeing. 

What does this mean for schools in Cornwall? 

Schools throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are now benefiting from evidence-based support for teachers (Christopher Winter Project mentoring programme) and parents (Family Planning Association’'s Speakeasy) delivered by members of the Health Promotion Service team. 

RSE is more effective if home and school work in partnership. 

Commissioned as part of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for Cornwall, the Speakeasy programme works closely with the County RSE Advisor and Cornwall Healthy Schools Programme (CHSP) to deliver a cohesive and accessible programme of SRE training to parents, staff and pupils. This strategic approach increases the outcomes for children and young people by increasing the skills, knowledge and confidence of parents/carers, teaching staff, support staff and, consequently, the children and young people themselves. 

Importantly! 

Young people who have a broad programme of RSE that starts early in schooling are more likely to delay having sex until they are older, use contraception, and have fewer sexual partners. 

Research carried out in England has found that areas of the country which have achieved the greatest reductions in teenage conception rates in recent years have provided both good quality school SRE as well as accessible sexual health services for young people. 

Telephone: 01209 615600