Presentation on theme: "To Halton Youth Service "— Presentation transcript:
1To Halton Youth Service WelcomeToHalton Youth Service
2What is a C-CARD Scheme?A C-Card (Condom Card) Scheme is a coordinated free condom distribution network.It provides quick, easy and confidential access to condoms, supported by nationally produced young people’s sexual health materials.It also provides training to all its service providers, reinforcing good practice in their sexual health work with young people, as well as improving inter-agency networking.
3Aims of the SchemeTo support young people within identified target groups to make informed choices regarding their sexual health.To increase the availability, accessibility and acceptability of condoms and information on sexual health issues to young people, thus enabling them to make better informed choices about their sexual health and practice.To ensure that young people within the target groups who access the scheme are aware of appropriate sexual health services available in Halton.
4Objectives of the Scheme To establish a partnership between a broad range of statutory and voluntary services, local colleges and schools in order to establish a condom distribution scheme.To set up a condom distribution scheme in community settings and with key workers who work regularly with the target groupsTo train and support key workers identified within the scheme to give sexual health information, to distribute condoms to young people within identified protocols and to refer young people who require support to local sexual health services
5Objectives of the Scheme To encourage condom use by sexually active young males within identified target groupsTo ensure that issues raised within the monitoring and evaluation process within the scheme are fed back to the Youth Service.
6Key Principles of the Scheme The following principles will be consistently applied and monitored:Staff working within the C-Card Scheme will ensure that the confidentiality of service users is respected and ensure that service users’ right to privacy is also respected. The service provided will be a confidential one.Services provided will be accessible, non-judgemental and welcoming, valuing and respecting the diversity of the young people.Services will be sensitive to the needs of all service users, irrespective of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability or age
7Key Principles of the Scheme The C-Card Scheme will be responsive to the needs of service users and will keep up to date with new developmentsThe C-Card Scheme will operate within the bounds of accepted best-practice, including but not limited to observance of the Fraser Guidelines
8Legal Contact for C Card Distribution Clients Under the age of 16It is legal for professionals working with young people, including under 16’s, to provide information about contraceptive methods and the importance of using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted infections.This scheme requires its participating agencies to provide sexual health information to young people under the age of 16 and to give condoms if they are sexually active.
9If a client who is under 16 presents you must: • Check they are Fraser competent (see next slide)• Ask the young person if they have anyone to talk to about sexual health concerns and encourage them to talk to their parents or carers• Remind them about confidentiality
10The Fraser GuidelinesThe Fraser Guidelines are a set of legally prescribed criteria used by health professionals to help them decide whether contraceptives should be given to an individual under the age of 16.They have been universally adopted to support good practice in the distribution of condoms and help to safeguard young people.
11Criteria adapted from the Fraser guidelines When distributing condoms and talking 1 to1 with young people the following criteria adapted from the Fraser guidelines must be considered:Is this young person likely to begin or continue having sex with or with out contraception?Is it within their best interest to get some advice or condoms from you?Have they understood the information and advice you have given them, including the consequences of their choices?Can they be encouraged to inform their parents or a guardian about the advice they are seeking?
12Safeguarding and Child Protection If you have any concerns aboutSafeguarding and Child Protection you should in the first instance speak to your line manager and follow your organisation’s Child Protection and/or Safeguarding Procedure
13How the scheme will operate In order to obtain a C-Card a young person must first attend an initial consultation or assessment. This will take place at an identified C-Card Assessment Point and will be carried out by a worker who has attended the C- Card assessment training session.It is necessary for the C- Card scheme to be monitored. The information collected will help target future promotion of the scheme and inform the monitoring and evaluation process. However, confidentiality is paramount and anonymity will be ensured. The following information only will be collected at the assessment:Date of BirthGenderPostcode where young person livesDate of attendanceEthnicityC-Card Unique ID number allocatedMobile phone number (optional)Having entered all this information onto the C-Card Registration form the Assessor adds their name, job title, place of work and signature.The Scheme is available to young people aged years. If a young person is under the legal age of consent (16), Fraser Guidelines will be applied. Age / Date of Birth will have to be taken at face value, and discretion/professional experience is advised.
14Issuing C-Card CardOnce the Assessment is successfully completed, a C- Card will be issued.Each C-Card carries a unique ID number.This number is displayed on the C-Card and will be used for monitoring purposes.A young person can visit a Distribution Point a maximum of six times using their C- Card, before needing to be re-seen by a C-Card trained worker and having their card renewed. Cards are valid for 3 months.This process means that the young person will continue to receive support for the decisions they are making around their sexual health and provide additional information if so required
15Registration process: 12 step protocol: Process for C CardRegistration process: 12 step protocol:7. Basic Safer Sex Information8. Condom Demonstration9. Range of condoms10. Emergency Contraception11. Other services that can help12. Issue card and expiry date1. Introduce yourself2. Explain Confidentiality3. Date of birth/Age/Ethnicity4. Explain how the scheme works and explain suitability5. Fraser Guidelines (under 16’s)6. Safeguarding children concerns