Fantasy vs reality: the impact and influence of pornography on young people

“Very insightful, an eye opener!”
Course participant, South East Essex Primary Care Trust


Increasingly, young people are reporting that they get much of their relationships and sex education (RSE) from pornography, particularly via the internet where it’s often uncensored and unrestricted.

Communication via the internet, including social networking sites, and mobiles is the norm for young people. This means that sexualised imagery and content are increasingly common.

Professionals identify pornography as increasingly influencing young people’s sexual expectations, attitudes and relationships. They often struggle to know what is legal and how to respond to issues that arise in relation to pornography.

This course covers the availability of pornography and the law as it relates to pornography. It addresses how the media can impact on young people’s attitudes, expectations, self image and sexual development. It demonstrates how professionals can respond and proactively facilitate discussion in this challenging area of work.


Participants are expected to have a basic sexual health knowledge.


To explore the impact and influence of pornography on young people’s attitudes to sex, safer sex, their sexual development and relationships.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain awareness of the scale of pornography, young people’s use and attitudes to it as well as its potential impact and influence.
  • Increase knowledge of the law as it relates to pornography.
  • Explore own attitudes towards pornography and how this may impact on own practice.
  • Increase confidence in addressing issues around pornography with young people.

Number of days


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  • £995 plus trainer expenses.
  • Maximum of 12 participants.

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FPA training team – Tel: 020 7608 5277. Email:

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