C Card Newsletter Spring 2017 Edition **Current**
Please find attached the Spring edition of the C Card Chat newsletter.
We are no longer posting out a paper copy so please circulate to any appropriate staff.
Justine Greening announces statutory RSE in all schools - including academies!**Current**
I am today announcing my intention to put Relationships and Sex Education on a statutory footing, so every child has access to age appropriate provision, in a consistent way. I am also announcing my intention to take a power that will enable me to make PSHE statutory in future, following further departmental work and consultation on subject content.
The amendments that the Government will table to the Children and Social Work Bill place a duty on the Secretary of State for Education to make regulations requiring:
· All primary schools in England to teach age-appropriate ‘relationships education’; and
· All secondary schools in England to teach age-appropriate ‘relationships and sex education’
The amendments also create a power enabling the Government to make regulations requiring PSHE to be taught in academies and maintained schools – it is already compulsory in independent schools. By creating a power on PSHE, we are allowing time to consider what the right fit of this subject is with Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.
The statutory guidance for Sex and Relationships Education was introduced in 2000 and is becoming increasingly outdated. It fails to address risks to children that have grown in prevalence over the last 17 years, including cyber bullying, ‘sexting’ and staying safe online.
Parents will continue to have a right to withdraw their children from sex education. Schools will have flexibility over how they deliver these subjects, so they can develop an integrated approach that is sensitive to the needs of the local community; and, as now, faith schools will continue to be able to teach in accordance with the tenets of their faith
The Department for Education will lead a comprehensive programme of engagement to set out age-appropriate subject content and identify the support schools need to deliver high-quality teaching. Regulations and statutory guidance will then be subject to full public consultation before being laid subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. In line with this timetable, schools will be required to teach this content from September 2019. My Department will today publish a Policy Statement, which sets out more detail.
Copies of the government amendment to the CSW Bill and the Policy Statement will be placed in both House libraries.
Lots will depend on the details of the regulations, the guidance that is developed for schools and the plans for teaching training – but this is definitely to be celebrated and a huge tribute to everyone who has championed this for so long!
Let's hope we'll all remembers 1 March 2017 as a positive milestone for children and young people!
Project overview: C-Card Condom Finder App-Movement **Current**
We are proposing commissioning a ‘C-Card finder’ app, a service which allows young people to rate and review local C-Card services from an App on their mobile phone. This will be using the platform ‘App Movement’, available at http://app-movement.com, a service we have created that lets people quickly and easily create location-based rating apps for free. This has been produced in house at Open Lab, Newcastle University.
The first major use case of this was ‘FeedFinder’, an app where breastfeeding women could find, review and share breastfeeding locations. Since then, notable examples of successful rate and review services which have been set up through app-movement include NutFree restaurants, Gender Neutral Toilets and ‘safe places to fly your drone’.
Sexual Health Events Calendar**Current**
Please see attached circulated on behalf of Kirsty Wilkinson
New Sex Education Forum resource and training addressing CSE **Current**
Outside the Box facilitator training
Outside the Box has been developed by the Sex Education Forum and National Children’s Bureau through funding from Comic Relief. It is a personal development programme about sex and relationships for young people, that aims to prevent sexual exploitation.
The Outside the Box programme is:
· Suitable for use with small groups of young people aged 11+
· Ideal to use with young people at higher risk of sexual exploitation
· Eight workshop sessions and a pre-assessment tool that you run with your young people.
If you are working with young people at risk this programme will be very valuable. It enables discussion about a wide range of interconnected personal and relationship issues including consent, identity, anatomy, sexual health and services, gender, sexual orientation, relationships and sexual exploitation.
Participation in Outside the Box is made safe for young people through the use of distancing techniques, but it can also prompt one-to-one disclosures.
How to become an Outside the Box facilitator
To become an Outside the Box facilitator/trainer a two day course is now available to give you the tools and knowledge to utilise the materials.
· This course is only for those with experience of working with vulnerable young people.
· Cost for 2-day facilitator training course is £375 per delegate (+booking fee)
· Dates for the 2-day training course are 1st and 2nd March 2016 (London) and 27th April & 11th May 2016 (Newcastle)
As part of the Health Needs Assessment currently being carried out by Gillian O Neill and colleagues, I have been tasked with securing information specifically about training provided for staff and the gaps, which contribute in some way to the reduction of teenage pregnancy agenda.
It is a very short pro forma to complete and I do hope you can find the time in your very busy schedules to complete this.
Click for the pro Forma
If you have spotted anyone I may have missed do forward on and copy me in.
Senior Worker Sexual Health and Young People
Youth Work Strategic Team
Children and Adults Service
Durham One Point Hub
Durham Community Business College