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New Book Collection in Local Libraries Offers More Support to Parents

September 03, 2012 12:20 PM

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To support local parents in talking with their children on the topics of puberty, growing up, sexual health and relationships, a new collection of books are available at a number of libraries across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The book collection is suitable for pre-five youngsters through to teenagers.

And to help parents pick the right level of book for their child, library staff have been trained to assist parents in choosing the correct book for their children’s age.

Parents can also sign up to workshops locally that will give them the confidence on the best ways to communicate with their children on the topic of growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health.

The new project, developed in partnership with local CHCP/CHP health improvement teams, local authorities and NHSGGC’s sexual health improvement team, is to raise parents’ confidence and knowledge around talking about the topics of growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health.

Research in Scotland indicates that young people whose parents communicate with them and talk to them about sexual health from a young age are more likely to delay the onset of sexual behaviour compared with young people whose parents do not, and when they do become sexually active they are more likely to do so in positive circumstances, more likely to use contraception or practice safe sex and be less likely to regret their first sexual experience after the event.

Nicky Coia, NHSGGC Principle health Improvement Officer for Sexual Health, said: “This is a fantastic new resource which complements our existing successful work with schools to normalise communication between parents and their children on topics such as growing-up, puberty, relationships, keeping safe and sexual health. The books can be a useful prop to help with these important conversations on an on-going basis.”

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

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