Relationships and Sex Education
Equipping young people with essential knowledge and life skills
“The importance of comprehensive sexuality education to a young person’s development cannot be underestimated. It improves knowledge and positive self-image, increases awareness and appreciation of gender equity and sexual rights and builds self-efficacy and agency. It has a positive impact on healthy values about bodies, puberty, relationships, sex and family life.” Arushi Singh, Programme Specialist in the UNESCO section of Health and Education.
HealthFirst offers age-appropriate, evidence-based, Relationships and Sex Education to young people in international schools across Switzerland. Our team of doctors, midwives and nurses has specialist training and experience in this area.
Why is Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) important?
RSE is lifelong learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It should equip young people with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being.
Effective RSE is essential to enable young people make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. Research shows that young people need and want RSE, that it helps to change behaviour and attitudes and keep them safe, as well as promoting health and well-being.
Organisation and content
Midwife Mags Sheldon oversees our workshops and training, supported by Dr Michelle Wright. A detailed scheme of work is agreed with the school before RSE session delivery.
Our programmes are designed to be informative and dynamic and reflect the values and expectations of diverse families and communities.
We can deliver a whole scheme of study across the school, as well as stand-alone lessons and bespoke workshops to meet specific needs and enhance a school’s own Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme.
HealthFirst's tailor-made workshops can include:
'Beyond the Birds and the Bees'
During these age-appropriate workshops, we explore the facts about puberty and the related physical and emotional changes, ensuring that students are prepared for their transition into adolescence and the impact that this will have on their emotional and physical health.
These workshops aim to empower students to make informed and healthy choices about their sexual health as they move through adolescence and into adulthood. Facts about contraceptive options are discussed, as well as how to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Young people are signposted to where they can get further advice and access sexual health services.
'Consent in relationships'
We explore the importance of consent in all relationships, how it is expressed and communicated, as well as how it may be withdrawn. The legal implications of consent are discussed and scenario-based learning helps young people understand that pressure, manipulation or coercion does not equal consent.
'All a Twitter - Online Me'
We run age-appropriate workshops exploring the connections between relationships and technology. We consider how young people can stay safe online, address online grooming and its prevention and consider the law and implications around sexting and pornography.
What our clients say:
"We have been using Health First for over 6 years at St George’s and during this time have had nothing but positive experiences. Their instructional staff are professional and approachable forming excellent relationships with the students. "
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