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Supporting parents and carers to confidently chat with children about growing up, relationships and sexual health

November 25, 2013 8:00 AM

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West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) and West Dunbartonshire Council Educational Services have recognised the success of the ‘Happy 2 Chat’ parental book collection in local libraries.

The ‘Happy 2 Chat’ collection is available in all libraries across West Dunbartonshire and aims to enable parents and carers to feel more prepared and confident in answering awkward questions on the sensitive topics of growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health. The collection has been recently expanded by the Council’s Libraries and Culture Services.

The book collection within West Dunbartonshire libraries complements an existing programme of dedicated workshops for parents and carers designed to empower and teach them the skills to effectively talk openly about the topics of growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health.

At an event hosted by Alexandria Library on November 7th, Soumen Sengupta, Head of Planning, Strategy and Health Improvement - West Dunbartonshire CHCP, fully endorsed the book collection and the success of the programme of workshops.

Soumen said: “The ‘Happy 2 Chat’ book collection aims to help parents talk to their children in an age appropriate way and aims to improve the outcomes of our young people by promoting emotional wellbeing, positive relationships and a positive sense of sexuality.”

Local evaluation of the workshops have indicated that parents are finding them to be a valuable source of support.”

One parent who attended a local workshop said: “Through the workshops I have gained the confidence to speak openly to my children when asked. Before coming along on week 1 of the workshop I was against my children being taught this so early on. I now realise the importance and understand how society has changed and that I (we) need to be ready to change also.”


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

Or For more information contact regarding West Dunbartonshire Council contact:
Moira Rodger, Press Officer, 01389 737225, [email protected]

Claire Cook, Press Officer, 01389 737296, [email protected]

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