Following the successful launch of phase one of an awareness campaign to encourage parents across Greater Glasgow and Clyde to access support on communicating with their children on puberty, growing up and sexual health and relationships education, a larger campaign launched today at George Square.
Staff from the Talk 2 project were on hand at a special bus in George Square where passing parents could ask for information and advice on the project which offers a range of free services including resource packs, a comprehensive website, a collection of books for pre-aged children through to teenagers and short informal training courses.
A survey with parents on sexual health and relationships education has shown that most parents would welcome some practical help in providing support to engage with their children on the topics of growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health.
Parents who have already taken part in the Talk 2 project include William from Renfrewshire who has an 11 year old. He said: “I am a lot more confident in speaking to my child and more comfortable. I would recommend to other parents. It wasn't embarrassing and is good to share stories with others.”
Jacqueline has a nine year old and has also accessed support. She said: I enjoyed workshop and it opened my eyes to exactly what is out there in magazines and songs. Taking part also made me more aware of the changes to look out for in puberty.”
Jo Zinger, Senior health Improvement Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
“Even if children are not formally taught anything about these topics, they are soaking up messages about it everyday from the world around them - TV adverts, music videos, etc.
“They need their parents to help them make sense of these, often, confusing messages and the earlier parents start talking to their children the easier it will be when they are older.
“Most parents say their main concerns are what to say, when to say it and what words to use. Our job is to help parents fill in the gaps in their knowledge and to feel more confident in talkiing with their children about this topic.”
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