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1 SHARE Training in East Ayrshire Sexual Health and Relationships Education

2 Alison Crawford Health and Wellbeing Coordinator East Ayrshire Council Linda Armstrong Community Link Worker Loudoun Partnership East Ayrshire Council

3 Background SHARE is a sexual health and relationships programme produced by NHS Health Scotland. SHARE is comprised of two publications: The SHARE educational resource and the SHARE trainers manual.

4 The Need for SHARE Teenage pregnancy rates in Scotland are amongst the highest in Europe. Very high rates of unintended pregnancies and terminations. Rising rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections. In East Ayrshire, we have one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Scotland. NHS Ayrshire & Arran

5 Educational Resource The SHARE resource comprises 22 sessions each lasting about 45 minutes. An education pack and a DVD. Designed for use by professionals working with young people from S2 to S4. A comprehensive, evidence-informed overview of sexual health and relationships education (SRE) addresses complexities that surround this subject.

6 Recognising, valuing and sharing diversity SHARE is designed to be inclusive and valuing of all young people. Students who are, or have been, sexually active and those who are not; Students who identify themselves as LGBT or are uncertain about their sexual orientation; Students who have experienced pregnancy; Students who have been abused or sexually exploited; Those who have experience of a range of different family structures; Students with physical or learning disabilities; Students from a range of cultural, ethnic or faith differences.

7 The Programme 22 sessions, each focusing on a theme Extension/options exercises Teachers can add their own materials or customize The programme should be delivered over three years for S2, S3 and S4 pupils 6 to 8 lessons in each year.

8 Programme Lessons Starting out Relationships Talking about sex Bodies and sex Being male or female Learning about sex Sexual activity, pregnancy and contraception Sexual activity and STIs Good communication skills Condom use skills Pressures and choices around sex Resisting pressure Experiences of first intercourse Pregnancy and parenthood Where to go for help

9 Curriculum for Excellence SHARE meets the requirements for a comprehensive sex and relationships education programme as outlined in Respect and Responsibility (the national strategy for sexual health) and in Curriculum for Excellence. The SHARE course addresses the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood experiences and outcomes within the Health and Wellbeing organiser of Curriculum for Excellence, and a number of others including Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Health.

10 Benefits of Partnership Working Young peoples learning in Sexual Health and Relationships Education benefits from partnership working with parents, carers, school staff, community staff and wider agencies. The involvement of community partners, through their individual expertise and knowledge, engages pupils, enriches learning experiences and provides a consistent message. Effective partnership working ensures that all agencies come together in order to support our young people and their families.

11 SHARE in East Ayrshire In East Ayrshire Council, 3 days of SHARE training took place in February and in September2010 It included a variety of partners including: Guidance teachers, School Nurses, Addiction Services staff, Family Support Workers, Community Link Workers, CLaD, College staff and Campus Police Officers The training was delivered by NHS Ayrshire and Arran Sexual Health staff Staff from NHS Addiction Services delivered information on the cross over between alcohol consumption and risk taking behaviour.

12 My SHARE experience TOTS Programme (Truth On Teenage Sex) Speak Easy Programme Linda Armstrong Community Link Worker

13 SHARE in East Ayrshire What happened next? Participants at SHARE training rolled out the training to their colleagues. Guidance staff in eight secondary schools are now planning with their partners, which sessions will be delivered, when and by whom. This will ensure consistency of message and true partnership working. SHARE training is planned again for May It is anticipated that refresher courses will be offered by NHS Ayrshire and Arran in the coming year to update colleagues.

14 Contact Details Alison Crawford Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Woodstock Centre Woodstock Street Kilmarnock KA1 2BE Tel: Linda Armstrong Community Link Worker Loudoun Academy Galston KA4 8PD Tel:

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