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3 Project Jiwsi fpa Sexual health & relationships (SRE) community based education project Running across the 6 counties of North Wales 3 project workers

4 What we do Work with groups of young people (under 25 years old) who are identified as vulnerable in some way Run programmes of developmental SRE sessions rather than one-offs Workers go to group’s location to ensure accessibility

5 Why SRE? Studies have shown vulnerable young people as being more at risk of: Unintended teenage pregnancy Sexually transmitted infections Sexual abuse Poor relationships now or in the future

6 fpa definition of sexual health “Sexual health is the capacity and freedom to enjoy and express sexuality without fear of exploitation, oppression, physical or emotional harm”.

7 Who we work with Looked after children (LAC) Young people who are about to leave or who have left care Physically disabled young people Young people with learning disabilities/difficulties Young people with behavioural problems Young people excluded from school Socially excluded young people Socially disadvantaged young people Rurally isolated young people Young offenders Minority ethnic groups Young refugees Young travellers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) young people Homeless young people Young people with mental health issues Young people who have been or are at risk of being abused Young people who have been or are at risk of abusing others Young parents Young people at risk of unintended pregnancy or STI’s due to uninformed and/or risky sexual activity Autistic Spectrum Condition young people Other young people regarded as vulnerable by professionals in contact with them

8 What do sessions cover? Self-esteem Relationships Growing-up Condoms & contraception Sexually transmitted infections inc HIV Sexuality Conception, pregnancy & parenthood And much, much more!

9 Mixed gender & single gender SRE Jiwsi usually works with mixed gender groups Encourage sharing experience Challenge assumptions Both single-gender and mixed-gender work is of equal value and both have their place in SRE Gender of the facilitator is much less important than the facilitator’s skills

10 Non disclosure & distancing Jiwsi discourages sharing personal information in groups as they cannot guarantee to be confidential. We are SRE facilitators not counsellors. Distancing techniques helps the facilitator treat the personal life of a young person with the respect and sensitivity that you would want for yourself. It is not unreasonable to expect sexual experiences to be a private matter.

11 Assumptions SRE isn’t just be about preventing the ‘bad stuff’ Sex and relationships topics are whole life skills Choice, respect and pleasure Good SRE explores feelings and values rather than just the most up to date piece of information.

12 Self esteem Integrate self esteem activities into all work Young people are involved in planning their own sessions Set working contracts Use experiential learning techniques Non – disclosure standpoint Young people’s rights approach Future visioning activities Use clear, explicit language and ensure everyone is engaged and understands Use wide frame of references to ensure that no one feels excluded

13 Training & support for practitioners Accredited course Core Competencies in Sexual Health for youth workers Jiwsi Network Group – popular practitioners group for anyone engaged in SRE in North Wales

14 Jiwsi book Jiwsi book developed and published Hard copies available for free to organisations Jiwsi has worked with in North Wales Also available as a free PDF download from

15 Consultation Jiwsi has input into local sexual health and relationships education policies Input into each locality Sexual Health Group sexual health strategy Representation on local, North Wales and national groups and networks Provide consultation on young people’s SRE resources

16 Funding Funded by the Local Health Boards of North Wales until March 2011 Funding is sourced from Welsh Assembly Government Sexual Health Strategy

17 What does Jiwsi mean? A Welsh take on the word Juicy Juicy: 1. full of juice, succulent 2.a) richly interesting b) racy, titillating 3. yielding profit, rewarding or gratifying

18 Contact Jiwsi project co-ordinator: Mel Gadd


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