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Sexual Health and Relationships

‘’Children learn about sex from a very young age even if we don't talk with them about it. Many of the things they learn are incorrect, confusing and frightening. In a world where sex is used to sell cars and ice creams, and celebrities' private lives become everybody's business, we cannot afford not to talk to our children about sex and relationships if we're going to help them make sense of it all.’’

National Children's Bureau, Sex Education Forum 2003

The information on this website aims to encourage schools to provide positive sexual health and relationships education, supporting links with parents and providing information to encourage them to talk more openly with their children

Good sexual health and relationships education can help young people;

  • with emotional development
  • to explore their own beliefs and values
  • to learn about positive relationships
  • to cope with changes that puberty brings
  • to recognise abuse
  • to make choices and stay safe
  • to learn boundaries and appropriate behaviour
  • to delay the age young people first try out sexual activity
  • to learn how to avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections

Some people think that giving sexual health and relationships education to young people encourages young people to experiment with sex but research has shown it has quite the opposite effect.

Click below for further information and resources related to:

Body awareness

Personal hygiene




Public and Private

Sexual Orientation


Sexual Health and Relationships

Joanne Barrie, NHS Forth Valley discusses when is it best to introduce Sexual Health education to pupils.



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