The Pamela Sheridan Award recognises innovation and good practice in sex and relationships education (SRE), services and projects for young people.
The award was established in memory of Pamela Sheridan (1911–1994), an early sex education pioneer who had a lifelong involvement in family planning.
The 2016 Award
The winner of the Pamela Sheridan Award 2016 is Knockevin Special School in County Down, Northern Ireland, for its relationships and sexuality education and personal development programme.
The finalists for this year's award were:
- Barnardo's, Real Love Rocks
- Jigsaw PSHE programme
- Knockevin Special School
- Step Forward, The Forward Thinking Partnership
- University of Sussex Students' Union, The Role Models Project
- Volunteering Matters, The Sex Matters Too Project
About the award
This award recognises innovation and good practice in SRE within a wide range of settings, for example primary, secondary, and schools for students with specific educational needs, and youth and community projects.
Nominations for the award must show evidence of at least three of the following four criteria:
- a demonstrable impact on young people's knowledge of sexual health
- innovative and creative approaches to sex and relationships education
- that the initiative can be easily replicated
- evidence that the education has inspired and engaged participants.
The 2015 winner
The winner of the Pamela Sheridan Award 2015 was Spectrum Community Health CIC for The Prison Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Project: Empowering Vulnerable Women.
Spectrum Community Health CIC provides advice, care and treatment through a range of health and wellbeing services across the North of England and is based in Wakefield.
The Prison RSE Project for inmates at HM Prison (HMP) and Young Offenders Institute (YOI) Styal is designed to reduce risk and improve resilience around sexual health.
The prison scheme was based on the already successful relationships and sex education community programme which has been used in the Wakefield area.
Andi Cope, Relationships and Sex Education Co-ordinator at Spectrum, said:
“Being part of a group and joining in the sessions has been really great for the women, and has helped to raise their confidence. For some it has been life-changing.”
Celebrating the award, Jen Glover, Sexual Health Nurse at HMP Styal, said:
“We have had a hugely successful first year and we want to see this project rolled out to all prisons, including for men.
“The project really empowers women, makes more aware of their contraceptive choices, more aware of sexually transmitted infections, and it helps them to recognise that they may have been manipulated or exploited by men without knowing it.”
Team members were presented with their award at the UK Sexual Health Awards 2015 on 6 March.
The 2015 finalists
The full list of finalists was:
- Shropshire Respect Yourself: Eat Better, Move More, RSE, Shropshire County Council
- Hot Dogs, UNTitled Theatre / ARC Stockton / The Everyday Sexism Project
- I Heart Consent, National Union of Students Women's Campaign & Sexpression UK
- The Prison RSE Project: Empowering Vulnerable Women, Spectrum Community Health CIC
- Kernow King's Sex Tape & Resource, Cornwall Health Promotion Service
- 'I'm The Girl I Want To Be', Golddigger Trust
- Girls, Gangs and Consequences session, Growing Against Gangs & Violence (GAGV)