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Happy to Chat About Growing Up and Relationships

September 21, 2010 1:06 PM

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A special book collection to help parents and carers talk with confidence to children about growing up, relationships and sexual health is being launched at Dalmuir Library in Clydebank.

The scheme, called “Happy 2 chat” is a collaboration between West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) and West Dunbartonshire Council Educational Services.

The book launch is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people, particularly Primary 7 and upwards. The books will be officially launched on Tuesday, September 28th at 11am.

Jacqui McGinn, Health Improvement Lead for the CHP said: “The initiative originated from the local NHS and the Council’s Sexual Health Strategy Group.

“It supports policy recommendations in terms of provision of resources within the community and acknowledges the crucial role parents and carers play in children and young people’s learning and development around relationships and sexual health.

“The ‘Happy 2 chat’ slogan is to encourage parents and carers to sit alongside their child and openly and confidently ‘chat’ to them about growing up, relationship and sexual health.”

These books will be available in all libraries, including the mobile library within West Dunbartonshire.

They are age appropriate and colour coded in such a way as to help parents and carers select the most appropriate level of information for the child or young person’s stage of development.

Councillor Jonathan McColl, Chair of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, said: “My generation were among the first to have proper guidance in this area through school and I believe that this still has an important role to play, but a healthy relationship between parent and child where a child can feel comfortable confiding in their mother or father can reduce risk and aid the process of growing up.”

Posters and flyers will be distributed to various places around West Dunbartonshire to promote the collection.

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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