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Need for sexual health awareness and relationship education among teenagers

We all know how important it is to look after our physical health. More recently, awareness of how and why we should tend to our emotional well-being has increased significantly, but we can still do more to open up the conversation on the need to support and protect our sexual health. This is particularly relevant to the welfare and development of young people. 

It’s tricky to talk about sex with teenagers. We can all agree on that. It’s hard to know for sure when the time is right to broach certain topics. Finding the appropriate words and phrases can be just as difficult. Some teenagers won’t engage, others will melt with embarrassment, while some may tell you things you’d prefer not to hear. These are difficult conversations to initiate but important to have, because teenagers need guidance and support in this area. 

The need to provide fact-based, informative, inclusive and comprehensive sex education to teenagers has never been greater. Whatever the cultural, moral, religious or family considerations, young people are better equipped to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health if they are provided with appropriate information at the appropriate time. 

The SHARE Programme, developed by Elaine Byrnes and Richie Sadlier in collaboration with Olive Group, meets this need. The primary aim is to support young people to develop their understanding of this hugely important area. Given that adolescent curiosity in sex and sexuality is entirely appropriate, providing guidance around consent, online porn, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs and the impact of alcohol is the correct response.

by Olive Group 03/08/2021 See all posts
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