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Parents learn how to speak more easily to their children about sexual health

Date: 01/09/2008           Category: Public Health

A group of parents from Medway have completed a pilot course on how to talk to their children about sexual health. The seven mothers completed a nine-week Speakeasy course that equips parents and carers with the skills, confidence and information they need to talk to their children about sexual health education and services. The Speakeasy programme teaches parents how to discuss the facts of life, sex and the law, relationships and contraception with their knowledge with their children with confidence. Medway Council’s Public Health Team, in partnership with Parentis and the Sunlight Development Trust, delivered the course -the first of its kind in Medway. The team is offering to train another 12 parents on Speakeasy courses. Candidates will be chosen from all areas of the community and workforce who have direct links with parents and carers. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “This course is an excellent example of the work being achieved to reduce teenage pregnancy rates in Medway. “We hope that by educating parents in groups like these, they will feel more at ease when talking to their children about sexual health and how to protect themselves.” Speakeasy has been funded by the council’s Teenage Pregnancy Board and Children’s and Young People’s Directorate as part of its ongoing work to reduce teenage pregnancy rates in Medway. Please call sexual health project officer Kerry McMorris on 01634 333743 for more information about Speakeasy.