Glasgow's first ever consultation exercise to find out parents' views on sexual health issues affecting children and young people has been launched.
The consultation questionnaire is the first major piece of work to come from the recently established Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow joint Teenage Pregnancy Steering Group (TPSG).
Councillor Jim Coleman, the Deputy Leader of the Council and Chair of the TPSG, joined Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow as they took time out to complete their questionnaire in the Library at GoMA.
The survey asks parents what they know and think about what is taught in schools; what they thought of the sexual health advice and education they received as youngsters; and what they think the parental role should be.
Speaking at today's launch, Councillor Coleman said: "This is far from being just about education in the classroom, it's also about what support parents want and need from us so they can talk to their children about these issues at home.
"Research tells us that the more involved a parent is in this type of education, the better the child's sexual health outcome.Children with parental support and guidance are more likely to delay the onset of first sexual activity or, at the very least, take precautions when they do become sexually active."
The findings will help the Council and the NHS Greater Glasgow plan and deliver improved services across the city and to look at ways of supporting parents so that they can offer good quality information and advice to their children.
Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow said:
"By recognising that parents play a vital role in the development of their children's understanding of sexual health matters, the steering group have developed this questionnaire so parents can now inform the way future health service and council services are developed and delivered."
Judith Gillespie, Development Manager for the Scottish Parent Teacher Council added: -
"We welcome Glasgow's efforts to contact parents and find out what they think about sexual health issues for their children. Both the city council and NHS Greater Glasgow are to be congratulated on being so active in seeking parents' views and we hope that parents will respond positively and take up this opportunity to help shape the way the strategy is developed in the future."
Parents have the opportunity to register their views by completing the questionnaire online at www.parentsquestions.org.uk. Hard copies are also available in Urdu, Punjabi, Chinese and Arabic and for parents with visual impairments by calling 0141 287 6862.
The closing date for completed questionnaires is April 30th 2005.