Young Parents Support

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**

Time to celebrate!
In case you haven't seen, Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, has just announced proposed legislation for statutory Relationships and Sex Education in all schools – including academies and free schools! Here is her statement. The amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill will follow. 

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The statutory guidance for Sex and Relationships Education was introduced in 2000 and is becoming increasingly outdated.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, 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)

Durham Teenage Pregnancy Steering group: Health Needs Assessment**Current**

Dear Colleague
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.
Liz Kippax
Senior Worker Sexual Health and Young People
Youth Work Strategic Team
Children and Adults Service
Durham One Point Hub
Durham Community Business College
Bracken Court
Ushaw Moor

Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange - interesting report on parents views of talking to children about sex and relationships **Current**


I thought you might be interested in this piece of research into parents' views of talking to their children about sex and relationships, carried out by the Centre for Sexual Health Research at the University of Southampton. Some background information is below and the summary report is attached. If you have any queries about the research, please contact Dr Nicole Stone at 


Click for the research paper

New guide on c-card schemes **Current**
Attached is a revised guide for local areas - 'C-card condom distribution schemes - why, what and how'. Originally published in 2008 as part of the Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health Strategies, the guide has been revised by Brook with funding from PHE. Delivered by local areas across the country, c-card schemes are an effective way to ensure young people have good access to free condoms, along with education and advice about their sexual health and wellbeing and have proved to be a successful element of strategies to reduce unprotected sex, rates of STIs and unplanned pregnancies. The guide will help local areas achieve the ambition of the Sexual Health Improvement Framework to increase young people’s access to and confidence in using condoms. The guide can also be downloaded here
Young people's views on chlamydia screening **Current**
Attached is a new report from the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP)  “Components of chlamydia screening & the impact of screening on behaviour", which can be downloaded here. The report provides the findings from an NCSP online survey of over 1,000 young adults who have, at some point, had a chlamydia screen.
The findings show chlamydia screening provides an opportunity to deliver safer sex messages to young adults: following a chlamydia test, 90% of respondents reported that they were given sexual health information at their last test. Furthermore, 59% of respondents reported that they were more likely to know how to avoid chlamydia in future; and 62% that they were more likely to use condoms with a new partner. The report concludes that as well as providing essential sexual health screening services to young adults, the NCSP programme delivers extra value - by providing an opportunity to deliver safer sex messages, which has a positive impact on to young adults’ intentions to get tested and their sexual risk behaviours.
The joint PHE and Brook press notice can be accessed via this link

Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange **Current**
CYP Health Outcomes Forum healthy relationships and sexual health review - your input needed 

The 5-19 public health subgroup of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum is conducting a review of policy and practice to promote healthy relationships and improve sexual health outcomes for young people. Your support in contributing to the survey and encouraging young people's participation will be really helpful. Below is the introductory letter from Simon Blake and Professor Russell Viner, co-chairs of the 5-19 public health sub group. The letter and some slides with more information are attached. 

Education Select Committee Inquiry into PSHE and SRE **Current**

Charities welcome inquiry into the quality of PSHE and sex and relationships education in schools
Leading children's charity the National Children's Bureau and the Sex Education Forum have welcomed today's announcement that there will be a national inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools. The Education Select Committee Inquiry will ask whether PSHE ought to be a statutory part of the curriculum and investigate the quality of teaching of SRE - including in primary schools and academies.
Dr Hilary Emery, Chief Executive of the National Children's Bureau said:
"Young people continually tell us they want an education that prepares them for life. PSHE and SRE are key to achieving this and help children in a variety of ways; for example, in developing safe and healthy relationships, building self-esteem and resilience, and understanding money and how to manage their finances."
"The current situation, where PSHE is left to the discretion of schools, means that the teaching children receive in this vital subject lacks consistency. Making PSHE statutory would lead to improvements in the quality of provision, with better teacher training, assessment and closer inspection."
"We are pleased that there will be cross-party focus on the future of PSHE and SRE in schools, and hope this results in a more secure future for the subject."
Lucy Emmerson, Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum said:
"The consensus of public support for SRE being taught in all schools has never been clearer. This inquiry is an important opportunity to look at how standards can be improved so that all children are guaranteed good quality SRE. We particularly welcome the fact that the committee will question whether PSHE should be statutory. We have campaigned for statutory SRE within PSHE for many years and change is urgently needed."
"This inquiry is a final opportunity for the Coalition government to take decisive action to bring SRE up-to-date and to ensure that learning about consent, relationships and sex is included in the education of every child - as is their right. We look forward to supporting the inquiry, and in the meantime we encourage schools to look at our '21st century' SRE Advice, produced with Brook and the PSHE Association, which is available from"
For more information please contact the National Children's Bureau's media office on 0207 843 6045 / 47 or email For urgent enquiries out of office hours call 07721 097 033.

Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange **Current**

A new resource for identifying young people at risk of sexual exploitation

Last week the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and Brook launched a new child sexual exploitation (CSE) proforma, Spotting the Signs, to help health professionals identify young people attending sexual health services who may be at risk of, or experiencing sexual exploitation. 
Spotting the Signs, funded by the Department of Health, allows sexual health professionals to use a standardised approach to pick up on the warning signs of CSE in all its forms. It is designed to be integrated into existing sexual and social history taking frameworks. Spotting the Signs provides a framework to support conversations with young people around CSE linked to latest research and evidence bases.
The guidance provides questions to help practitioners identify a young person's circumstances or behaviours – including non verbal signs – that may be cause for concern and indicate the young person’s needs. It also reminds practitioners never to make assumptions about a young person based upon cultural, social or sexual stereotypes.
The proforma was written by Dr Karen Rogstad of BASHH and Georgia Johnston of Brook, and was developed with the support of a multi-agency advisory board and working group (including one of the Home Office’s Young People’s Advocates), including focus groups of young people from across the UK. The proforma is for use with young people under 18, and was piloted in a range of services including GUM clinics, specialist young people's services and General Practice.
You can find the guidance and proforma on the BASHH and Brook websites: and
Do forward on to relevant colleagues. If you have any queries, please get in touch with Judith Hind at the Department of Health on