In response to an article in yesterday and today’s media we want to make it clear that we are not reversing our policy on the importance of sex education in schools and instead plan to concentrate on supporting parents to offer sexual education to their own children is completely inaccurate.
A campaign was launched this week to promote services already in place to support parents with communication on relationships such as the Talk 2 project in Glasgow. This simply compliments the existing and successful projects we deliver in schools in partnership with our local authority education colleagues.
NHSGGC Director of Corporate Planning and Policy, Catriona Renfrew, said: “Sexual health for young people is a really important issue and NHSGGC is committed to working on a range of fronts to lower teen pregnancies and help young people feel more confident about their sexuality.
“Schools remain absolutely key to ensuring that we tackle these issues. There is no change to our current policy. The Talk 2 programme is about widening our approach to offer support to parents and it is entirely misleading to present it as a change in policy on the role of schools.”
Research clearly shows that it is when young people have sexual health relationships education from a young age from schools and their parents then outcomes are improved.
The campaign is designed to encourage communication between parents and children from a young age. It aims to normalise communication and de-mystify the subject of growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health.
The campaign was created because young people reported that they want to have better communication with their parents on these matters. Equally, parents reported that the communication they had from their own parents when they were growing up was not satisfactory and they want to change this for the better in their communication with their own children.
Talk 2 and other services are designed to support parents talk too their children, equipping them with helpful language and prompts for opening up discussion. It compliments the work undertaken in schools and builds on the strong parental involvement that we have in encouraged in schools.
NHSGGC has recognised for some time that parents see speaking to their children about sex as this as an important parenting role. We work in partnership with our local authority colleagues and with schools to help develop their child’s education on these matters.
NHS Greater and Clyde will continue to work with schools and parents to deliver the best sexual health education and advice to our young people.
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