What is Sex Education?
Sex education, sometimes called sexuality education or sex and relationships education, is the process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. Sex education is about developing young people’s skills so that they make informed choices about their behaviour, and feel confident and competent about acting on these choices
What Are The Aims of a Sex Education Workshop?
Sex education workshops aim to reduce the risks of potentially negative outcomes from sexual behaviour, such as unwanted or unplanned pregnancies and infection with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. It also aims to contribute to young people’s positive experience of their sexuality by enhancing the quality of their relationships and their ability to make informed decisions over their lifetime.
What Skills Should Sex Education Develop?
If sex education is going to be effective it needs to include opportunities for young people to develop skills, as it can be hard for them to act on the basis of only having information.
The skills young people develop as part of sex education are linked to more general life-skills. Being able to communicate, listen, negotiate with others, ask for and identify sources of help and advice, are useful life-skills which can be applied to sexual relationships. Effective sex education develops young people’s skills in negotiation, decision-making, assertion and listening. Other important skills include being able to recognise pressures from other people and to resist them, dealing with and challenging prejudice and being able to seek help from adults – including parents, carers and professionals – through the family, community and health and welfare services.
Our Sex Education Workshops help to equip young people with the skills to be able to differentiate between accurate and inaccurate information, and to discuss a range of moral and social issues and perspectives on sex and sexuality, including different cultural attitudes and sensitive issues like sexuality, abortion and contraception.
An Effective Sex Education Workshop
Sex education workshops are an important and effective way of enhancing young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. There is widespread agreement that formal education should include sex education and what works has been well-researched. Evidence suggests that effective school workshops will include key elements our sexual education workshop contains the following:
- A focus on reducing specific risky behaviours
- A basis in theories which explain what influences people’s sexual choices and behaviour
- A clear, and continuously reinforced message about sexual behaviour and risk reduction
- Providing accurate information about, the risks associated with sexual activity, about contraception and birth control, and about methods of avoiding or deferring intercourse
- Dealing with peer and other social pressures on young people; providing opportunities to practise communication, negotiation and assertion skills
- Using a variety of approaches to teaching and learning that involve and engage young people and help them to personalise the information
- Using approaches to teaching and learning which are appropriate to young people’s age, experience and cultural background
- Is provided by people who believe in what they are saying and have access to support in the form of training or consultation with other sex educators
Sexual Education Workshops with all these elements have been shown to increase young people’s levels of knowledge about sex and sexuality, put back the average age at which they first have sexual intercourse and decrease risk when they do have sex.
We offer a variety of workshops to meet the needs and interests of specific groups based on subject matter, age level.
Our workshops allows young people to talk, listen and think about sex, relationships and other sensitive subjects in a way that reduces embarrassment and protects privacy. Also to act out various scenarios of issues facing they encounter regular basics.
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