Sexual Health and Relationships Education for Additional Support Needs Report
Highland Children's Forum carried out a consultation about Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE). The project had three strands:
Qualitative consultation with young people with Additional Support Needs about their experience of SHARE
Quantitative survey of mainstream young people about their experience of SHARE.
Small survey with teachers delivering SHARE.
The qualitative consultation report: School Sexual Health and Relationship Education: The Views of Young People with Additional Support Needs (2018) is now published and available on the website.
The report found that many of the young people found SHARE difficult due to discomfort with the subject area, social or communication difficulties or a general low awareness of the subject and related vocabularly. The report concludes that young people with Additional Support Needs are not receiving sexual health and relationship education to meet their needs although as a group they are recongised as being particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation. There is a need for the same quality of of Sexual Health and Relationship Education to be offered to those with Additional Support Needs but in a way that meets their social, communication and developmental needs.